Ralf Rangnick, the incoming Manchester United manager, had a ‘football revelation’ for a new technique.


Ralf Rangnick, the incoming Manchester United manager, had a ‘football revelation’ for a new technique.

Following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the weekend, Manchester United have allegedly agreed to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager.

Ralf Rangnick, the new manager of Manchester United, had a “footballing revelation” while playing for FC Viktoria Backnang in Germany’s sixth level.

Following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the weekend, the 63-year-old will be named interim manager at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian manager was fired the next day after a 4-1 loss to newly promoted Watford.

On Tuesday evening, assistant manager Michael Carrick witnessed the Red Devils’ 2-0 Champions League victory over Villarreal.

Despite speculations that Mauricio Pochettino, the manager of PSG, would take over, United said in a statement that they were seeking for an interim manager until the conclusion of the season.

They look to have found their man now. The Red Devils are expected to sign Ralf Rangnick to a short-term contract that will last until the end of the season.

The German is now the Head of Sports and Development at Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia, but that is not expected to be a problem for United.

Rangnick is well-known among the world’s top executives.

The former Leipzig, Schalke, and Stuttgart coach is credited with inventing the Gegenpress, the system that Jurgen Klopp employs so successfully at Liverpool.

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Rangnick recounted how he came upon his ‘football revelation’ in an interview with The Coaches’ Voice.

He stated, ” “I was the player-manager at FC Viktoria Backnang in the sixth level, just outside Stuttgart.

“We weren’t particularly skilled, but we were really fortunate – we happened onto a genius on a frigid February day in 1983.

“Dynamo Kiev, the club of legendary coach Valeriy Lobanovskyi (below), were staying in a neighboring training facility and sought some friendly competition.

“I had to stop and count their players after the ball had gone out for a throw-in a few minutes in. Something wasn’t quite right. Were there 13 or 14 men on the field?” I’d played against elite teams before – we’d always lost to them, of course – but they’d always given you a chance to catch your breath.

“Kiev were the first team I’d ever seen press the ball in a disciplined manner.

“That was the turning point in my football career. I realized there was a new approach to playing.”


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