What is going on with Manchester United? The club finally appear to have made the right decision.
The Athletic report an agreement with Ralf Rangnick is imminent for the German coach to become interim manager.
Rangnick will also stay on in a consultant role beyond the season, at the very least.
Note, of course, it is not confirmed. And United could still mess this up. But let’s assume for once, the club are going to get this right.
For so long, Manchester United have failed because the club has been focused on the commercial side ahead of football.
This has been the main criticism of United, with decisions entrusted to banker Ed Woodward.
Now with Woodward leaving, United appear to have a new focus, recognising the various mistakes of the past, which have seen appointments made due to big name reputation or nostalgia.
The worst case scenario would have been United panicking and appointing Steve Bruce.
Rushing into an appointment of Zinedine Zidane could have been disastrous for different reasons, with the Frenchman not keen on the role, with a poor grasp of English, and still relatively inexperienced as manager despite his two spells at Madrid.
Rangnick is vastly experienced, having faced United in the Champions League semi-final back in 2011 with Schalke.
As an interim appointment, Rangnick is perfect. He will guide United in the right path on and off the pitch, and his impact will be far greater than just one season, with an overhaul of recruitment likely.
Rangnick won’t accept interference or players foisted on him for commercial reasons. He will make sure this club is finally steered in the right direction.
Just imagine if this club had been as forward thinking back in 2013, where we might be now?
Beyond this season, Rangnick will help United to make the right appointment long term. His guidance will be invaluable.
As for the short term? There are no guarantees of success this season, there never are. But what Rangnick will bring to the club is organisation, entertaining football, and finally a sense of direction. It is long overdue.
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