United fans react to Ralf Rangnick's first press conference

Ralf Rangnick has conducted his first press conference since his appointment as Manchester United’s interim manager.

The German was in the stands for United’s dramatic 3-2 win over Arsenal last night and will be in the dugout for the clash with Crystal Palace.

He spoke about a range of topics and did not completely rule out staying in the dugout beyond the end of his initial six month managerial contract.

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He gave a small insight into his ideas, and wants United to be more secure defensively and have more control in matches.


Rangnick also praised Cristiano Ronaldo, amid talk that the Portuguese superstar may not fit well into the high pressing game he has been brought to Old Trafford to implement.

There was humour, when he responded to a question asking if he would get a £10 million bonus if he signed Erling Haaland.

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It is important not to read too much into one press conference but it is also fair to say that some United fans on Twitter were very impressed with what they heard.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s constant discussion of the ‘United DNA’ but inability to outline his specific tactical ideas was one source of frustration by the end of his reign.

Rangnick appears more adept on that score, although he said his short term goals are simply to win as many games as possible, rebuilding the confidence of the side while they adjust to his ideas behind the scene.

Here is how the first glimpse of Rangnick in front of the press went down.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.