10 Things To Know About Ralf Rangnick The New Man Utd Manager

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Ralf Rangnick has been confirmed as United’s new interim manager and will be taking charge until the end of the current season before moving into a consultancy role on a two-year deal.

The German’s arrival is subject to work visa requirements with no exact date given as to when he’ll officially begin work at Old Trafford.

Michael Carrick, who led United against Villarreal and Chelsea following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, will remain in charge until Rangnick’s visa is finalized.

Below are 10 things you may want to know about the 63-year-old German who could be forced to wait until mid-December to officially start his role as Manchester United’s interim manager due to a delay in securing a work visa:

1. Ralf was born on June 29, 1958 in Backnang, West Germany.

2. During his student days, he lived for a year on the south coast and attended Sussex University as part of his English and PE degree. This is where his love of the country’s football blossomed.

3. Ralf played at the non-league level for Southwick in the 1979/80 season, taking part in 11 matches in the Sussex County Division One. He could operate in midfield or at full-back.

4. During a player profile at the time, he cited Garry Birtles as his favourite footballer.

5. As a coach, he is known as the ‘Godfather of the Gegenpress’ and is given credit for influencing the work of the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann and Ralph Hasenhuttl. He had developed ideas from tacticians such as Valeriy Lobanovskyi and Arrigo Sacchi.

6. The countdown clock was a training method he has used to develop the quickness of mind in his players. “We’ve had a countdown clock custom made for us,” he said during his time at Hoffenheim. “The assistant coach activates it and it starts ticking. We use it for a game called the eight-second rule. The players can hear that ticking and they know they have to get the ball back within eight seconds or, if they have possession, they need to take a shot within 10 seconds. It can be irritating for them at first but what we noticed is this type of training can affect players. Within weeks, they adjust their style of play and it becomes an instinct.”

7. Ralf was Schalke boss when the club met United in the 2011 Champions League semi-finals, the first time the Bundesliga club had ever gone this far in the competition.

8. In June 2012, Rangnick became the director of football for Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig. Under his leadership, by 2018, RB Leipzig saw the promotion from the regional league (tier IV) to the Bundesliga (tier I), and reached the UEFA Champions League.

9. Rangnick was interviewed for the England job before Sam Allardyce was handed the role in 2016. FA technical director Dan Ashworth had targeted the German for the West Brom post and retained an interest in his services.

10. Rangnick sometimes cites that a parental seminar about “raising kids with love and consequence” influenced his relationship with the people he works with. According to him, “Apart from caring about the people, sometimes being consequent is beneficial. It is not only about the job, but also about the life after.” In 2018, he established the Ralf Rangnick Foundation which aims to support children in their development and enable their personalities to flourish.