REVEALED: United chased Ralf Rangnick after City mauling, he had to sell his footballing philosophy on Zoom to Darren Fletcher, then met club bosses in Mayfair and demanded a video analyst

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  • Man United to take on Ralph Rangnik as boss after their City defeat
  • The Red Devils lost 2–0 to their arch-rivals on November 6.
  • The Athletic reports that Rangnick’s credentials were analyzed after that loss.
  • The club held talks with the 63-year-old at their Mayfair offices on Tuesday
  • Rangnik discusses his football philosophy with Darren Fletcher on Zoom
  • The Germans – labeled Professor – also demanded their own video analyzer.
  • Read: Rangnik Utd. agrees to a deal of six months and two years as a consultant in

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Manchester United considered Ralph Rangnik a viable option to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the wake of the club’s 2-0 loss to Man City earlier this month. athletic have appeared.

The 63-year-old has inked 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.

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United are looking for an interim boss following the sacking of Solskjaer on Sunday, amid a poor start to the campaign with Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. ranked eighth in the Premier League.

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And The Athletic reports that the German’s credentials were being assessed after United’s derby defeat to Premier League champions City on 6 November, with Solskjaer’s job in grave danger.

A week later, the middlemen were asked to explore the feasibility of stepping down as Rangnik’s head of games and development at Lokomotiv Moscow – a role he has held since July.

Direct contact with the German, called The Professor, was made after United’s defeat at the Vicarage Road, and Rangnick held talks with Murtaugh, chief executive Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold.

Rangnik flew to London on Tuesday for one-on-one talks with United chiefs at the club’s Mayfair offices. This time, United’s chief negotiator Matt Judge accompanied Murtaugh, Woodward and Arnold to speak with the Germans.

Man United see Ralph Rangnick as potential interim boss after City loss

Former United midfielder and now technical director Darren Fletcher was also involved in talks with the 63-year-old. Scott was away with the team for their Champions League clash with Villarreal, and discussed strategy and football philosophy with Rangnik on Zoom.

As of Thursday morning, Rangnik had agreed to a six-month deal to be the club’s interim manager until the end of the season, with a two-year consulting role to follow.

Before joining football operations in Moscow, Rangnik held a similar position with RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg, helping the two new clubs reach the pinnacle of their respective leagues.

While United were unable to land No. 1 target Mauricio Pochettino – PSG closed the door on the notion of taking Argentina away at this stage of the season – the Red Devils were keen to recruit a manager who is ultra-technical and on The focus is on strategy rather than relying on motivational traits to get the best out of the group, as demonstrated by Solskjaer.

United suffered a 2–0 loss to arch-rivals City and were miles off the pace at Old Trafford

United suffered a 2–0 loss to arch-rivals City and were miles off the pace at Old Trafford

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't save his side as things went from bad to worse for United

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t save his side as things went from bad to worse for United

Rangnick completed that brief and went on to meet and assess the 63-year-old Solskjaer’s old backroom staff, Mike Phelan, Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick, with all three for continuity purposes, much to the club’s veteran’s entertainment. Will do something Paul Scholes.

Former Schalke boss Rangnik has also sought to bring in his own video analyst, along with a trusted assistant. The Red Devils have not raised any issue regarding these demands.

Due to work permit issues, Rangnik will not take charge for Sunday’s game against Chelsea. United are likely to return for Pochettino at the end of the season and SportsMail understands that the Argentine is comfortable with the prospect of working with a sports director, having done so in other roles.

According to The Athletic, the United Chiefs (pictured Ed Woodward) voiced Rangnik after that defeat.

According to The Athletic, the United Chiefs (pictured Ed Woodward) voiced Rangnik after that defeat.

Fletcher is a football director at Old Trafford

Rangnik is known as Professor and Modern German Coaching.

Rangnik flew to England on Tuesday to chat with the club, and spoke to Darren Fletcher (left) on Zoom to discuss strategy and coaching philosophy.

He has previously coached Stuttgart, Hanover, Hoffenheim and Schalke, making a name for himself by leading Ulm into the Bundesliga for the first time in its history.

Rangnick also had two stints at RB Leipzig after being appointed as Director of Football in 2012, as the club moved from the fourth tier of German football to the top-flight.

He has won only one major trophy as manager – the 2011 German Cup with Schalke – but led the same club to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2011 when they lost 6–1 on aggregate to United.

Rangnik has good relations with the Old Trafford hierarchy, who spoke to the club before appointing Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. He also took an Everton job interview before Carlo Ancelotti took over at Goodison Park in December 2019.

Rangnik was best known to football director John Murtaugh (left), who was the first to voice him.

Rangnik was best known to football director John Murtaugh (left), who was the first to voice him.

Rangnik will also assess United's coaching staff upon the arrival of Michael Carrick

Rangnik will also assess United’s coaching staff upon the arrival of Michael Carrick

His first game in charge is likely against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday or against Crystal Palace at home three days later, with Carrick continuing as caretaker after winning his first game in charge against Villarreal on Tuesday night.

in an interview with coach’s voiceIn , Rangnik explained how during his time as Leipzig and Salzburg technical director, he placed great emphasis on the discovery and development of players. He surprised owners when he planned to sell players to double digits within two years of their arrival.

The 63-year-old preferred signing young players and quickly recruited Nabi Keita, Sadio Mane and Kevin Kampel. He also focused on ‘club building’ rather than ‘team building’, striving to create a stronger link between the club and its fans.

Relations between the club and fans at United have deteriorated in recent years, with supporters attacking Old Trafford at the end of last season to protest the Glazers’ ownership of a European Super League spectacle.

The German has demanded that his own video analyst be appointed when he takes over the reins

The German has demanded that his own video analyst be appointed when he takes over the reins

Rangnik is credited with drafting Gjenpres and has proved to be an inspiration for Premier League managers Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

‘I was honored when Jurgen Klopp suggested I be the best German coach could be,’ Rangnick told the same outlet. ‘He and I have known each other for over 20 years, and we definitely appreciate each other.

‘It’s common knowledge that we have a similar idea of ​​how football should be played, and I think that’s why he’s said good things about me.

My Hoffenheim team played against Jurgen’s Borussia Dortmund in 2008. We beat them 4-1 and a week later Jurgen said before his next game that our style was exactly the kind of football he wanted to play with Dortmund.

Rangnick also gave Chelsea boss Tuchel his first coaching role in football – as an under-15 coach at German side Ulm, when he was forced into early retirement due to injury.

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