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.
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.
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.
Refreshing to hear someone speak who can actually answer questions— Matt Le Clercq (@MLeClercq12) December 3, 2021
That Ole was too nice. This guy, oozes knowledge, confidence and will. He looks like someone who you might go to if you need help. I have doubts over his CV and the way everyone overhypes him but he sounds like he has a plan and all top managers sound like that.— MĀR² (@survivalmartist) December 3, 2021
He understands perfectly what’s wrong with this team, and i get the sense that he wants the job on permanent basis— Souleiman_utd 🔰🇬🇭 (@Souleiman_utd) December 3, 2021
Love. He’s professional yet affable, ambitious yet realistic, comes with a plan yet willing to be flexible, honest about the club’s situation yet respectful for the opportunity.— The Devil’s DNA (@TheDevilsDNA) December 3, 2021
Only good vibes so far.
He showed us levels. You can already tell we will improve under him with his way of thinking. He consistently talked about us needing to control games in and out of possession in order to be a top club again. That’s prob what stood out the most for me— Jay (@jay_UTD7) December 3, 2021
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