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Darren Fletcher appears to communicate with Manchester United interim Ralf Rangnick via EARPIECE

Was Darren Fletcher talking to Ralf Rangnick? Fans convinced Man United technical director was communicating with incoming interim manager via EARPIECE during draw at Chelsea

  • Caretaker boss Michael Carrick is in temporary charge of Manchester United
  • Ralf Rangnick is expected to be announced as the new interim manager soon
  • But Gary Neville suggested the German picked United’s team against Chelsea
  • And Darren Fletcher appeared to be talking to Rangnick by using an earpiece


Manchester United chief Darren Fletcher looked to have been communicating with incoming interim boss Ralf Rangnick during the club’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

The Red Devils, under the stewardship of caretaker manager Michael Carrick, secured a point at Stamford Bridge after Jadon Sancho’s opener was cancelled out by Jorginho’s penalty to bring the hosts level.

And United technical director Fletcher, also in the dugout, was pictured during the game using an earpiece, with some suggesting he was talking to incoming interim manager Rangnick to discuss, for example, tactics or substitutions.

Man United’s Darren Fletcher appeared to be communicating with Ralf Rangnick via earpiece

Rangnick (pictured above) is still to be officially announced as the club's new interim manager

Rangnick (pictured above) is still to be officially announced as the club’s new interim manager

Gary Neville believes Ralf Rangnick had an influence in United's line-up and tactics vs Chelsea

Gary Neville believes Ralf Rangnick had an influence in United’s line-up and tactics vs Chelsea

The side included some surprising changes, with star forward Cristiano Ronaldo left on the bench and Bruno Fernandes up front in an unfamiliar ‘false nine’ role.

That led Red Devils icon Gary Neville, not part of Sky Sports’ coverage for the game, to suggest on Twitter that Rangnick picked the team, despite not having officially joined the club yet.

The German has reached an agreement with the Red Devils regarding taking over on an interim basis until the end of the season, before taking up a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford. 

Neville originally posted: ‘A lot of people having a go at Michael Carrick for dropping Ronaldo and picking that (midfield). I’ve a feeling the incoming manager has picked that team as it’s a huge departure from midweek and what they’ve been doing.’

There was a surprise before the game as star forward Cristiano Ronaldo was left on the bench

There was a surprise before the game as star forward Cristiano Ronaldo was left on the bench

Lineker responded to the former United defender: ‘No chance of this being true. Zero.’ 

After kick-off United showed immediate signs that they were looking to press Chelsea with intensity, which didn’t go unnoticed by Neville, who spotted and commented on the change straight away.

He tweeted: ‘Having watched 1 min I’m now convinced on influence on the team and style!’ 

United have now secured two positive results since sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with a 2-0 Champions League win at Villarreal on Tuesday before a hard-earned point against the Premier League leaders on their own patch. 

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