New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber has revealed that he turned down an approach to join Ralf Rangnick’s coaching team at Manchester United.
Struber had already worked with Rangnick at RB Salzburg, but he has decided to stick with the MLS side, instead of joining the 63-year-old at Old Trafford, according to Sky Sport Austria.
Speaking on Sky Sport Austria’s ‘Talk & Tore’ show, Struber confirmed there was an approach from the twenty-time champions.
“There has been a request. It’s no secret that Ralf Rangnick and we know and appreciate us well,” explained Struber.
However, the 44-year-old Austrian feels at home in New York and wants to continue his journey with the Red Bull side.
But Struber, who already has experience coaching in England after managing Barnsley for 39 matches, during the 2019/20 campaign, spoke about the honour in being approached by Manchester United and Rangnick.
Struber added: “I am very honoured by the request from England. At the same time, the situation in New York for me is such that it makes me look very hopefully into the future and I do not want to give up the path with New York overnight.”
United haven’t wasted any time in moving on from Struber’s knockback, as the club look set to announce the addition of Chris Armas to Rangnick’s coaching staff in the ‘coming days’, according to the Athletic.
The American has previously managed New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC after a playing career with the Long Island Rough Riders, La Galaxy and Chicago Fire.
According to football journalist Fabrizio Romano, Armas will ‘replace’ Michael Carrick in United’s coaching staff.
Sports psychologist Sascha Lense is set to become Rangnick’s second staff appointment at Old Trafford.
According to the Athletic, the 46-year-old visited Carrington yesterday and was introduced to the players, but he will not start working until his visa process is finalised.
However, it is expected that Lense will join Rangnick’s coaching team rather than the medical side. Lense and Rangnick worked together, during their time at RB Leipzig.
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