Manchester United must back Ralf Rangnick's vision to rebuild
Ralf Rangnick arrived at Manchester United with two objectives. The first was part of a long term plan, with Rangnick’s speciality lying in creating an effective structure for a football club, via recruitment and innovative approaches.
The second was a short term priority to manage the team through to the end of the season. On the pitch results have been poor. But it is vital United do not let this cloud their judgement. Rangnick must be given the opportunity to do what he is good at.
Let Rangnick lead the future
There is a lack of clarity about Rangnick’s future behind the scenes role. Aside from an opening statement declaring he would be brought in as a ‘consultant’, United have kept it quiet.
Sky Sports reported last week that United have not made Rangnick’s consultancy role clear, claiming it is ‘not envisaged to be very hands-on’.
Nonetheless, over the last week, Rangnick has become more vocal about what needs to be done for United to progress.
It feels like he has seen enough, and can learn little more. He is ready to make his recommendations.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Rangnick said: “I have told the board already what has to happen and whenever the new coach or manager is clear, it has to be congruent to how does the manager want to play and what kind of players we need for that.
“It takes the right decisions, knowing who you want to go too, manager, players, what kind of people do we need for that? Then, in every transfer window, to get the best possible players for that. This is possible, this is not rocket science, it has to be done, it needs to be done.
“If that happens, it does not necessarily mean that we need three-four years for that, maybe just two-three transfer windows, then the situation could be different.”
Ralf knows what is needed
Rarely at Manchester United has anybody spoken so much sense since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. United have relied upon chasing big names and short term fixes, under disastrous former CEO Ed Woodward.
United have now done the hard part. Woodward is gone, and Rangnick actually here, ready to offer his input. Now the club just need to give him the keys.
The decision on United’s part should be clear, give Rangnick what is needed. Obviously it should be a collaborative approach, but he should not be marginalised or ignored.
Rangnick has proven expertise in building clubs up and identifying talent, and he should be listened to. Nobody is also better-placed to advise on the pitfalls of this current United squad.
It would be classic United post-Fergie to ignore Rangnick now, and let him walk away at the end of the season. The club can’t afford to let this happen. Rangnick has a vision, and United have to back it.