Hasenhuttl believes that Ralf Rangnick will have a 'big impact' at United

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes that his influential German compatriot Ralf Rangnick will have a “big impact” at Manchester United.

The Reds confirmed that the 63-year-old will be in charge of the first team in an interim role until the end of the season, before moving upstairs to take a consultancy position until 2024.

Following his departure at Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was the club’s head of sports development, it will depend on visa paperwork being resolved whether Rangnick takes control against either Arsenal or Crystal Palace, for the first time.

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s Wednesday clash against Leicester, Hasenhuttl was asked about the man who had a big influence on his career and other German coaches.

Similar to Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann, Hasenhuttl learnt a lot from Rangnick during their time together at Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig.

Hasenhuttl took over from Rangnick as manager at Leipzig in July 2016 as the man dubbed the ‘godfather’ of gegenpressing moved back into his position of sporting director.

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Speaking on Rangnick’s Manchester United appointment via BBC Sport, Hasenhuttl said: “I know him very well. We had two very successful years at RB Leipzig. He was a sport director there and I took the team over after he promoted the team in the Bundesliga.

“I know how he is and how he works. he is a very hard worker. I think he needs a very good team around him and then he will turn every stone around there, for sure, because he doesn’t want any weakness in any part of his club.

“Half a year is not so long to turn things around, to be honest, but especially in the beginning, he will have a big impact at the club, sure sure.

“I messaged to congratulate him. It’s always been his dream to be at the Premier League and now it is becoming real.”

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