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Manchester United must create a ‘clear identity’ like Man City, says Rangnick

Rangnick, Manchester United’s interim manager, says the club needs to develop the kind of “clear identity” established by rivals Manchester City and Liverpool as he prepares to take charge of his first derby.

Manchester United will travel to Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

Rangnick while responding to the media did not also rule himself out of the running for the role of permanent manager.

“What is obvious, not only with Manchester City but also with Liverpool, they’ve had continuity and consistency in the position of their manager, their head coach, for the past five or six years,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“They have a very clear identity, a clear idea of how they want to play.

“I know Jurgen (Klopp) in person and I also know Pep (Guardiola) from those three years in Germany when he was head coach of Bayern Munich.”

Rangnick said the secret of their success was that they knew exactly how they wanted to play.

“They have a clear identity, or you can also call it a corporate identity, and this is their guideline for everything they do,” he said.

“Not only probably for new players but also for staff members, for experts in different areas of the game that have become a bit more important in the last 10 to 15 years.

“This is what all the top clubs in Europe have in common. This is something that I think also at Manchester United needs to be developed and improved in the next couple of years.”

United have struggled to convert chances in recent weeks — Rangnick’s men had 22 shots without finding the net in last Saturday’s 0-0 draw against relegation-threatened Watford.

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