‘This needs to be nipped in the bud!’: Paul Merson urges Manchester United to SACK Ralf Rangnick, and admits he doesn’t think Red Devils boss should take on consultancy role at end of the season
- Paul Merson has urged Manchester United to part ways with Ralf Rangnick
- The pundit says Rangnick should not take consultancy role as currently planned
- Red Devils have failed to win last three games and slip further from top four
- As it stands, Rangnick will take on a consultancy role at the end of the season
Pundit Paul Merson has urged Manchester United to part ways with Ralf Rangnick, as the Red Devils slip further away from a Champions League position.
The German boss has come under fire in recent weeks, with the Red Devils putting in a number of underwhelming performances – including an FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford to Championship side Middlesbrough.
As the pressure continues to rise on the former Leipzig manager, pundits have gotten involved and urged United to find a replacement sooner rather than later.
Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has come under fire after a string of poor results
Pundit Paul Merson says he doesn’t think Rangnick should take on consultancy role next year
Speaking on Sky Sports, Merson said: ‘One-hundred per cent [Rangnick won’t be in charge of Man Utd next season]. I’ve got as much chance of being in charge. I just don’t see it.
‘I read something that said they have improved. I don’t see that. I don’t see the happiness there. I hear so much coming out of Man Utd, at the moment, which is just extraordinary. It never happened before and that’s my worry.
‘I don’t see him being there and the way it is going at the moment, if they don’t get in the top four, I’d be shocked if he went upstairs. I know that was part of the deal, but I don’t think it’s a good thing. I think this needs to be nipped in the bud sooner rather than later at Manchester United.
United were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday
The former Arsenal player went on to argue that club’s should be willing to pay a fee to obtain a manager, similar to how clubs pay for players.
Merson said: ‘I just can’t believe what they are doing. Just waiting until next season to bring in a new manager, there is a lot of work to be done. This is not just bringing a new manager in and let’s go again next season. They are a million miles off and things have to change very quickly.
‘I’d have had someone in as soon as possible. You pay £70m to £80m for football players and some of them don’t even play. Why wouldn’t you break the bank for managers, if you need to get a manager out of a club. In my opinion, they are very important.