Rangnick’s four demands to MANCHESTER UNITED Board to save the club as Glazers face crunch time
Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has opened up on the four demands he’s made as the club plan for a brighter future.
The Red Devils have struggled so far this term and, as the campaign nears its end, they’re poised to finish without a trophy and no Champions League football.
The Glazers need to get their next decisions right, especially with Liverpool and Manchester City so superior in every department.
Rangnick’s four demands to MANCHESTER UNITED Board
Rangnick has now opened up on the four demands he’s made, while also warning it may take some time for the Red Devils to turn their situation around.
The first demand is that United recruit with the needs and demands of their next permanent manager in mind.
That’s expected to be Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, who presently leads Mauricio Pochettino, Julen Lopetegui, and Luis Enrique in the race to secure the post.
Rangnick also wants United to prioritize physical and aggressive players as well.
And he wants the club to look into potential signings’ ‘DNA’, too, while stressing they’ll need at least three transfer windows to put things right.
“Manchester City and Liverpool … have been built together and recruited over a period of five or six years – all of them under the premise of how the coaches want to play,” Rangnick said.
“I told the board this is what has to happen [at United].
“Whenever the new head coach is clear, it has to be: how does he want to play and what kind of players do we need for that?
“Then we come back to DNA, speed, physicality, tempo. What do we need? This team does not lack technical players, it can do with more physicality.
“It takes right decisions and [clarity over] where you want to go: what kind of players, want kind of manager and then, in every transfer window, try to get the best possible.
“This is rocket science. It has to be done and, if that happens, it does not necessarily need three or four years.
“Maybe in two or three transfer windows, then the situation could be different.”
After United’s 1-1 draw with Leicester, Rangnick also suggested his side didn’t lack character – but did fail on the physical front.
“I don’t think we have a lack of character but what was obvious in some parts of the game is we were second best with regards to physicality,” he said.
“It was about one on one duels.
“We spoke about that counter-attacking moment we had ourselves where they tackled us twice, within two seconds [and went on to score] and the same was true in quite a few other moments.
“Whenever there was body contact, too often we were second best.
“That is something we have to get better at for the rest of this season but even more so for next season.”