Ralf Rangnick will find it ‘difficult’ to get Manchester United into the top four claims Jamie Carragher… who insists ‘five or six’ players won’t suit the interim manager’s style of play

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  • Ralph Rangnick set to join Manchester United as their new interim manager
  • Jamie Carragher says Ragnik will have a ‘clear plan’ for what he wants to do
  • Sky Sports pundit thinks some players will struggle to adapt to their system

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Jamie Carragher believes it will be difficult for Manchester United’s incoming interim manager Ralph Rangnick to break into the top four this season.

Rangnik has signed a deal with the Red Devils to take over on an interim basis until the end of the season, before taking on an advisory role for two years at Old Trafford.


The 63-year-old, known as the ‘Godfather of German football’, has impressed Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann with his playing style throughout his managerial career.

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Ralph Rangnik set to take over at Manchester United on an interim basis for the season

Carragher said Rangnick has a ‘clear plan’ but would find it difficult to teach some of United’s players his desired style of play.

He said on Sky Sports: ‘He has a clear plan of what he wants to do.

‘When you see Man United you’re not sure what they’re doing. There’s no exact science on how to win a soccer game, but United doesn’t have a clear plan.

Pundit Jamie Carragher believes Rangnik will struggle to make United into top four

Pundit Jamie Carragher believes Rangnik will struggle to get United into top four

Carragher believes United's 'five or six' players will struggle to adapt to Rangnick's system

Carragher believes United’s ‘five or six’ players will struggle to adapt to Rangnick’s system

‘This man has a clear plan. The problem he will have is that his plan for United is chalk and cheese.

‘There are five or six players that you think would not fit into that system. It needs to be trained, it’s not something you work on and it gets done in a week. It is difficult to find time for training.

Carragher’s comments were echoed on Friday by Liverpool boss Klopp, who said Rangnick ‘will not have time to train’ due to the volume of United’s games.

Klopp had similar problems when he took Liverpool back in October 2015.

Rangnik could be in charge at United for a trip from Arsenal on Thursday evening

Rangnik could be in charge at United for a trip from Arsenal on Thursday evening

Liverpool suffered considerable injuries in their early days under the German, with some pointing to the German’s relentless high-pressure system.

Carragher said: ‘When Klopp first came, remember how many injuries he had. This may make it difficult for him to bring United into the top four.

Temporary manager Michael Carrick is in charge of traveling to Stamford Bridge to play at Chelsea on Sunday.

It is widely expected that Rangnik will be in charge of United’s clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday.


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