Ralf Rangnick's no nonsense comments on Anthony Martial already endearing him to Manchester United supporters

Ralf Rangnick cuts straight to the point. The Manchester United interim boss has only been at the club for a fortnight, yet his truthful and ‘matter of fact’ approach is endearing him to fans and media alike already.

The latest instance came over wantaway forward Anthony Martial.

Martial’s agent told Sky Sports on Friday that the player wishes to leave the club in January.

Ralf Rangnick was asked about this and gave the rumours short shrift. He is not a man to be messed about.

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Rangnick told the club website: “I don’t communicate with agents via the media or the press. The player hasn’t spoken with me or with us about it.

“To be honest, what his agent has said in the media is not that much of interest.

“It should be the player. If a player wishes to go to another club, it should be the player who informs either the board or myself, whoever. I have never spoken to a player via media or agents.”

Laying down the law

Rangnick’s approach is a strong one, and completely different to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s laid back approach to such negotiations.

Solskjaer’s response to such questions would be to step back, and say the issues are between the club and the player to sort out. He would also imply that in the dressing room, there were no problems – even though this was clearly not true by the end.

Rangnick is making clear he is the one in charge, and he will decide players’ futures, not agents or the club or anybody else.

His message on Martial lays down the law, to any other wantaway players like Paul Pogba, Dean Henderson, or Jesse Lingard.

All Rangnick is asking for, is a bit of face to face up front honesty, and he sounds disappointed Martial has gone through a third party. He has now challenged Martial to tell him, that he wants to leave, before he believes it.

Rangnick won’t deny players an exit, he just won’t be swayed by agents. And nor will he be begging players to stay.

Speaking out on Paul Pogba last week, Rangnick via the  club website cut straight to the point. He: “If a player does not want to play for a club like this in the long term, I don’t think it makes sense to change his mind. This is such a massive club, with fantastic support from the supporters, I don’t think that anyone in the club would ever need convincing to stay here.”

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New boss making strong impression

Rangnick is making a good early impression with his comments, which endear him to Manchester United supporters already.

He is showing he has a disinterest in agents, and in players who sulk or want to leave. And that’s a positive. His plea for good communication and honest conversations helps avoid rumours being fed to the press, which often end up being misrepresented.

United’s players agents will learn Rangnick will not be influenced by the media. If they have an issue, they should take it up with him. That sort of leadership is overdue at Old Trafford.

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