Manchester United’s next manager must be given the time and resources to overhaul the squad
Ralf Rangnick says the Manchester United board must let the next permanent manager tear the squad apart this summer if he is to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool.
United are interviewing candidates for the job, including Ajax manager Erik ten Hag and Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino. Rangnick says he has already informed the board that the new man needs strong backing in the transfer market while recommending the club sign more “physical players”.
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“The two teams of Manchester City and Liverpool, those two teams were built together and brought in over a period of five or six years, all under the premise of how the coaches want to play,” Rangnick said. “That’s what has to happen. Until then I can go now. I’ve told the board that’s what has to happen.
“Whenever the new head coach is clear, he has to be: ‘How does he want to play and what kind of players do we need for that?’ Then we come back to DNA, speed, physicality, tempo – what do we need? This team doesn’t lack technical players, they can do with more physicality.”
The 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Saturday left United seventh in the table and in danger of missing out on a place in the top four. With eight games left this season, they are already more than 20 points behind leaders Manchester City and Liverpool, and Rangnick believes it could take three transfer windows to catch up.
“It takes good decisions and where you want to go — what kind of players, what kind of manager — and then in every transfer window try to get the best you can,” the German caretaker added. . “It’s possible. It’s not rocket science. It has to be done and if it happens, it doesn’t necessarily take three or four years, maybe two or three transfer windows, so the situation could be different. “