Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick reveals he spent ‘almost TWO hours’ talking to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about his new side with former boss showing classy side in aid of incoming German coach
Manchester United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick has revealed how he spent almost two hours speaking to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday about his new side.
Rangnick conducted his first press conference as United boss on Friday morning and spoke about ex-United manager Solskjaer’s classy touch at the weekend.
‘I spoke with Ole for almost two hours on Sunday,’ he revealed. ‘He was very generous, gave me his insight on the team.’
Ralf Rangnick has revealed how he spent almost two hours speaking to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer was sacked on November 21 after nearly three years in charge, while Rangnick will take charge of his first game at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The German coach has taken over as interim manager in the wake of the 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Thursday night, and he faced the media for the first time this morning.
In a wide-ranging half an hour press conference, the 63-year-old spoke openly about his desire to bring continuity to Old Trafford, as well as detailing how he would adapt to help Cristiano Ronaldo.
He also refused to rule out becoming the club’s permanent manager if his time in charge goes well over the next six months.
‘In the ideal world, we will be in the top four regularly but also playing for titles,’ he said. ‘We are still in the Champions League and can hopefully get further in that competition. The DNA of the club is clear.
Rangnick detailed how he would adapt to help United’s star player in Cristiano Ronaldo
‘I have, of course, watched all the most recent games, even before contact from the club. I’m pretty well aware of what’s happening here, and in the Premier League. It’s clear the team have abundantly talented players.
‘The major target for me is to bring more balance into the team. Even yesterday we conceded two goals and needed three to win the game. We’re conceding too much. It’s my approach to help the team, to get more balance.
‘[The squad] is definitely good enough to compete in the top [four]. The top three are very stable, and have great coaches. This is something we have to develop. When Jurgen came to Liverpool, the squad he inherited was not a better one than what I have now at Manchester United.’