MARTIN SAMUEL: Few knew what United were trying to achieve under Solskjaer, but Rangnick will provide clarity… he is a famously influential leader, and won’t just be at the wheel – he’ll be barking instructions from the passenger seat and the back too! 

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  • Manchester United have signed Ralph Rangnick to be interim boss
  • After Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the German will provide clarity
  • Rangnik looks like exactly what Manchester United need right now
  • It will be interesting to see how Cristiano Ronaldo fits into his playing style

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Seinfeld has an episode in which George decides that all the decisions he has made throughout his life are mistakes.

He says, ‘I have every instinct in every aspect, be it something to wear, something to eat, it’s all wrong. From that very moment he vows to do the opposite.

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The same argument appears to have taken hold at Manchester United. Jose Mourinho’s dark mind was replaced by a little ray of sunshine, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. It didn’t work out, so now Solskjaer gives way to Ralph Rangnick.

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Manchester United have reached a deal to name Ralph Rangnick as interim manager

The dark mind of Jose Mourinho (photo) was replaced by the little ray of sunshine Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer was dismissed on Sunday and now Man United have turned to Rangnik

Jose Mourinho (left)’s dark mind was replaced by a ray of sunshine Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) – but that didn’t work so United have now turned to Rangnik

Manchester United is going to be the most from the least trained elite side in the world. There are also instructions to shout Rangnik’s style at the wheel, in the passenger seat and from behind if Ole is at the wheel.

The money should be good, as being asked to take on a similar role at Chelsea following the sacking of Frank Lampard, Rangnick said about four months was not enough time. Maybe he wondered what Thomas Tuchel attempted to do over a similar period of time – or maybe the six months he thinks could fold United into a recognizable shape.

If order and structure have been missing this season, they are now coming with bells. Rangnik is a famously influential leader who is credited with inspiring the current generation of German coaches without actually getting the opportunity at a bigger club. Reputedly, he is Marcelo Bielsa with an umlaut.

It seems strange then that Manchester United only saw him as a manager for six months and then as a mentor two years later. If he succeeds, why would he want to shrink in the shadows? If he fails, why would anyone take his advice?

Rangnik is a famously influential leader – reputedly, he is Marcelo Bielsa with an umlaut

Rangnik is a famously influential leader – reputedly, he is Marcelo Bielsa with an umlaut

Rangnik thinks that’s the kind of figure United need right now, were they not obsessed with big-name optics.

He has a domestic cup on his honors board which puts him on par with Mauricio Pochettino. However, the Germans have never been blessed with stars orbiting Paris Saint-Germain or even the spurs.

Rangnik’s brilliance has always been to make great players rather than recruit them.

Given this, it will be interesting to see how he fits Cristiano Ronaldo into a clearly defined method of play: high energy and high pressure.

Rangnik's genius has always been in making great players rather than recruiting them.

Rangnik’s genius has always been in making great players rather than recruiting them.

How will Cristiano Ronaldo fit into the high energy and clearly defined method of the press?

How will Cristiano Ronaldo fit into the high energy and clearly defined method of the press?

At a recent coaches’ conference in London, Rangnik spoke about the best managers who knew what football they wanted to play. He was emphasizing that everyone has a different view of what his team looks like.

He said, ‘He has the video of the right game in mind.’ And if we think about Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola or Tuchel, he is right. Their teams are recognizable even without colors. So it will be Rangnik’s.

Sadly, there were few clues to what United were trying to achieve under Solskjaer. They were half way home. Pressing one minute, releasing the next. Rangnik will afford clarity – and if he is as smart as he seems, he should be able to adapt his strategies even in Ronaldo’s presence.

We will know more next week. Rangnik cannot get a work permit for United’s match at Chelsea, so the interim has been denied a debut against pupil Tuchel. It remains to be seen whether United’s latest 180-degree turn will work as fast as the last.

Rangnick is known as the 'Godfather of German football' and is said to have inspired Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (right).

Rangnik (left) has influenced the careers of Jurgen Klopp (right) and Thomas Tuchel

The German will be tasked with unifying the table after a poor start to the campaign

The German will be tasked with unifying the table after a poor start to the campaign

In The Opposite episode, George decides to approach a very beautiful girl at dinner.

‘My name is George,’ he says. ‘I am unemployed and I live with my parents.’

‘I’m Victoria, hi,’ says the blonde, sensually. Manchester United will be hoping for a similarly promising return.

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