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Rangnick is a poor decision for Manchester United as interim coach

80% of the RB Leipzig we see today is thanks to Rangnick. He took over the team in 2. Bundesliga, and after their relegation, he switched to the role of sporting director. He brought in all the players who became stars in the league, including Timo Werner, Dayot Upamecano, Naby Keita, Ibrahima Konate and many others.

During the 2017/18 season, Rangnick argued with head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl, and the functionary wanted Julian Nagelsmann as his replacement. Except that Germany’s youngest coach only agreed to move to Leipzig after a year. In the end, the parties settled, and Rangnick was forced to take over as head coach for one season. Now Nagelsmann is a manager of the Bundesliga’s strongest club. For those who want to benefit from the bets on the winner of the league, there’s an option to maximise the profit, using bookmaker ratings for bonus offers.

With Nagelsmann’s arrival to RB Leipzig, Rangnick withdrew from club affairs altogether, becoming head of the sports department throughout the Red Bull Group.

That is, Rangnick has proven to be excellent as a manager. He is an excellent negotiator, signing players on favourable terms, expertly selecting coaches, and spotting talent even in the French second tier.

Incidentally, he was sports director at Red Bull from Salzburg from 2012 to 2015. At the Austrian grandee, he managed to lay the foundations on which the Bulls dominated the country and made noise in the Champions League this season.

But the 63-year-old’s ideas as a coach have become obsolete. Frankly, a couple of seasons ago, RB Leipzig used Hasenhüttl’s tactics and did not even compete with Bayern and Borussia D. His team stood out for its good defensive organisation but slumped against more vigorous opponents.

Rangnick last successful coaching job remains that of Hoffenheim, who, as a Bundesliga debutant, was in the lead after the first round but finished the season seventh. But that was 17 years ago. After, Rangnick failed at Schalke and decided to retire from coaching, taking a job at Red Bull.

But there are other reasons why his candidacy as head coach is highly questionable.

Rangnick is a fan of Lobanovsky’s methods

The experienced German has admitted that he has always admired the work of the legendary Valeriy Lobanovskiy and tried to follow them. But now we are in the XXI century, and these methods are hopelessly outdated. A striking example of this is the terrible regression of Dynamo Kyiv, whose coaches continue to follow the master’s ideas, ignoring modern trends.

Rangnick also continues to rely on constant physical activity, which regularly causes his teams to slump in the second part of the season. Such was the case with RB Leipzig in the 2. Bundesliga, and in that very legendary Hoffenheim season. And this is at a time when specialists pay the utmost attention to muscle recovery methods.


United will undoubtedly win if Rangnick is in charge of the team’s transfer business. The man has a talent for finding quality players at a fair price, which can be helpful in the current time. But if he is given the responsibilities of head coach on top of that, everyone at the club could become seriously frustrated. This team needs a progressive coach who will change the playing principles. And that’s certainly not about Rangnick.

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