Who is Ralf Rangnick? Man Utd's interim boss in profile
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Ralf Rangnick’s imminent appointment at Manchester United has seen Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek change their mind about leaving Old Trafford, reports say. The duo weren’t given much of a chance to impress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Yet things may now be different in the future with a managerial change on the cards.
Manchester United sacked Solskjaer last week.
The board had originally planned to stick with the Norwegian but, after a 4-1 defeat away at Watford, decided to pull the trigger instead.
Now, United are set to turn to Rangnick.
The 63-year-old has wowed John Murtough in interviews and is poised to get the job ahead of Rudi Garcia and Ernesto Valverde, who also held talks about taking over.
And ESPN say that, with Solskjaer no longer at the helm, Martial and Van de Beek have put their exit plans on hold.
Martial was the club’s top scorer in Solskjaer’s first full season, netting 23 times across all competitions.
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But, after scoring just seven times last term, he appeared to lose the 48-year-old’s trust.
Martial started just once in the Premier League under Solskjaer this season, scoring in a 1-1 draw with Everton.
Yet he’s barely featured since and it was telling that Michael Carrick unleashed him from the start for the 2-0 victory over Villarreal in midweek.
Van de Beek, meanwhile, signed from Ajax last summer for a fee of £40million.
But the Netherlands international started just four Premier League matches under Solskjaer prior to the Norwegian’s departure.
It was ironic that Van de Beek was the best United player on the pitch as things unravelled at Watford last weekend.
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And the 24-year-old is now hopeful he’ll finally get the chance to prove himself, with Rangnick poised to take over.
The publication states that Carrick told all of United’s squad that they’d get a clean slate following Solskjaer’s exit.
And both Van de Beek and Martial were delighted at starting the match against Villarreal.
The pair’s preference is to stay at Old Trafford, despite not being short of potential suitors.
But Jesse Lingard’s future remains unclear, with the midfielder poised to become a free agent at the end of the season.
Rangnick’s imminent move is still dependant on talks with current club Lokomotiv Moscow.
The German works there as a director, having left RB Leipzig back in 2019 after stepping in to warm the seat for Julian Nagelsmann.
But former president of the Russian club Nikolai Naumov has criticised Rangnick, branding him a ‘merchant’ for his imminent move to Old Trafford.
“It’s not about Manchester,” he told Match TV, via Sportbox.
“For Rangnick, this is no escape, betrayal, or disgrace. Rangnick is a merchant.
“He absolutely does not care about football, because he only does business around him.
“And the more countries, leagues and football clubs he covers, the more he will earn.
“He’s absolutely indifferent to Lokomotiv. He did not come here to raise football, but to earn money.
“Now he was offered money elsewhere, and he and his company will go to United.
“When he’s offered to work in Africa, he will go to earn money there, leaving his deputy at Manchester United. Clean business.”
Naumov also added: “I will never believe that Manchester United will let him enter the club as a whole agency.
“As a coach – yes, he is an experienced specialist, it can be.
“I doubt that even as a consultant he will have the opportunity to do his own ‘buy and sell’. We’ll see what will happen to Rangnick in six months.”
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