Ralf Rangnick, who was appointed as the interim manager for Manchester United for the second half of the 2021 season, has reportedly claimed that three players from the club were “mood killers” during his time in charge. The German took over after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November 2021. Despite promising a new style of play and radical changes, he could only guide United to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League and their worst-ever points tally in the competition.
Rangnick was initially set to take up a consultancy role at the end of the campaign, but instead, left United altogether to take charge of the Austria national team in June. While his tenure at the club was not successful, Rangnick did highlight the issues with United’s ageing and bloated squad. He had reportedly claimed that United needed up to 10 new players after a 4-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool in April.
Rangnick was initially set to take up a consultancy role at the end of the campaign, but instead left United altogether to take charge of the Austria national team in June. While his tenure at the club was not successful, Rangnick did highlight the issues with United’s ageing and bloated squad. He had reportedly claimed that United needed up to 10 new players after a 4-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool in April.
Rangnick at RB Liepzig
According to the German publication Bild, Rangnick identified two forwards and a midfielder who had too much influence in the dressing room, among them were Paul Pogba and Edison Cavani, who left the club for Juventus and Valencia upon the expiry of their contracts. The other player Rangnick wanted to part ways with was Anthony Martial, who was loaned out to Sevilla but has since returned to the club.
United has since made a few additions to the forward line in January by adding Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley. While Rangnick’s tenure at the club was not successful, his insights on the squad could prove valuable in the long run as they look to rebuild and compete for titles once again.
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Former Manchester United coach termed as “Ted Lasso” joins rival club Leeds United as assistant head coach.
Former Manchester United assistant coach Chris Armas has joined rival club Leeds United as assistant head coach. Armas, 50, spent last season at Manchester United as Ralf Rangnick’s assistant during the interim manager’s tenure at Old Trafford. Armas will now link up with Leeds boss Jesse Marsch and is expected to be in the dugout for Saturday’s FA Cup round four tie at Accrington Stanley.
While at Manchester United, Armas was allegedly referred to as “Ted Lasso” by some players due to his “old-fashioned” training methods, a reference to a fictional coach in a popular comedy show. However, Armas has since stated that his relationship with the Manchester United squad was a good one, despite the reports of his nickname.
In a statement, Leeds boss Marsch said, “I’m delighted to welcome Chris to Leeds United. He will be a fantastic addition to the staff, he brings a wealth of experience from across the world and having worked closely with him previously, I am sure he will help us to improve every day.” Armas brings with him a wealth of experience from his time managing teams across North America. While his last management job ended in dismissal at Toronto FC, he is excited to be back in the game and help Leeds United improve.
Here’s a take on Chris Armas …— 1919 (@AllLeeds______) January 21, 2023
For a while our players have struggled with the pressure of a game and lack confidence when it really matters.
This guys main strength seems to be the mental side, getting everyone positive and confident. Maybe he’s the missing piece of the jigsaw pic.twitter.com/fMRWYRwRwe
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