Manchester Utd are undergoing major changes behind the scenes, with the next managerial appointment proving pivotal.
Manchester United remained quiet in the January transfer window, owing to the uncertainty surrounding their new manager’s appointment in the summer.
Manchester City, on the other hand, have provided the perfect example of what United should be aiming for before the end of the season.
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Red Devils appeared to be on the right track, and United’s board lent their full support to the Norwegian coach last summer with the additions of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He was also handed a new long-term deal, but Solskjaer’s situation quickly deteriorated, and he was fired in November.
Manchester Utd are again back to square one in their attempt to reclaim their place at the top of the English football league.
Rangnick’s contract extension till the end of the season covers the flaws, but the team needs to get back on track right away.
In January, no signings were made, possibly due to the lack of permanent management.
The focus will now shift to summer goals, but such preparations may have to be postponed until Solskjaer’s long-term replacement is announced.
Clubs frequently wait until the end of the season to choose the manager they desire.
City, on the other hand, broke the mold in 2016, announcing midway through the season that Pep Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season.
Guardiola was still in charge of Bayern Munich at the time, and his choice came as a surprise to some.
However, obtaining their top target confirmed months before the transfer window was a significant achievement for City.
United may need to adopt a similar plan in order to avoid wasting any time over the summer.
Mauricio Pochettino appears to be the preferred candidate, with reports in France claiming he will leave in the summer.
While Richard Arnold, John Murtough, and Rangick will all have their own goals for United, the club’s future manager will almost probably want a say in how the club is run.
Getting that post filled as soon as possible could provide United the push they need, knowing that their top target is expected to arrive this summer.
The fact that United’s participation in the Champions League next season is far from certain could be a sticking point in those talks.
United are only four points ahead of Wolves in eighth place, despite being fourth in the table.
As a result, games against Burnley, Southampton, Brighton, and Leeds are even more crucial for United to secure their position in the table and give their future manager a platform to build on.