German press react to Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United exit

Ralf Rangnick has left his planned role as Manchester United consultant to focus on his new job with Austria.

The signs were there that Rangnick was on course to be sidelined by United, after a very terse response from Erik ten Hag about his role, at his introductory press conference.

Rangnick’s departure was still disappointing, leaving United fans wondering what the point was, to his entire tenure.

The sudden way Rangnick exited has made plenty of headlines in Germany, reflecting on his disappointing spell at Old Trafford.

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German press react to Rangnick departure

Manchester United’s big news left German channel Sport1 exclaiming: “That comes as a surprise!”

T-Online report ‘the challenges of his new job’ with Austria have prompted the decision, rather than any fallout at United.

Kicker report that rather than United making a decision on Rangnick’s future, it was the man himself who initiated his departure.

This was backed up in Rangnick’s press conference with Austria on Sunday, in which he was quoted by RB Live: “In the last few days we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s better to just concentrate on the task at Austria. That’s why we canceled the consultancy contract.”

Der Spiegel reported that a lukewarm endorsement from Ten Hag was a factor: “Rangnick’s decision does not come as a complete surprise: ten Hag had reacted noticeably cautiously in the previous days when he was asked about the role of his predecessor. He had made it clear that he was relying more on advice from his own team than on Rangnick’s advice.”

Austrian outlet Laola1 had reported how the dual role with Manchester United had caused some controversy in Austria too, remarking: “This fact caused a lot of speculation and criticism.”

The report added: “He takes a lot of the wind out of the sails of the burgeoning criticism and can now devote himself one hundred percent to the first course and demanding program in the Nations League. The fact that Rangnick is brimming with ambition in his new position to lead Austria back to better times was already evident.”

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Clean slate may work for all

There was a real sense the Ralf Rangnick project at Manchester United had gone off the rails badly over the final month of the season, certainly on the pitch.

It is quite possible that Manchester United felt they had heard all they wanted to hear out of him, and were not prepared to fight to keep him, if it was Rangnick who decided to walk away.

He is probably better off out of the distraction United will bring him in his role at Austria boss, while Erik ten Hag does not have to worry about it either.

If Rangnick was ‘all in’ on helping United, it could have worked, but half-interested, probably not.

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