Schweinsteiger believes United will close the gap under Ralf Rangnick

Former Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger believes his old club will ‘close the gap’ on Chelsea with his compatriot Ralf Rangnick at the helm.

Caretaker manager Michael Carrick earned a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, which meant the Red stayed 12 points behind the league leaders.

Jadon Sancho capitalised on a heavy touch by Jorginho, which his boss Thomas Tuchel claimed was due to the floodlights, to score his first Premier League goal for his new club.

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United’s number 25 has now scored in back-to-back games and his confidence will be soaring ahead of Thursday’s clash at Old Trafford against Arsenal.


The Italian redeemed himself after he sent David de Gea the wrong way to slot home a penalty after Aaron Wan-Bissaka fouled Thiago Silva.

The Athletic report that Rangnick will be confirmed by the club as our interim boss until the end of the season, in the next 24 hours.

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However, it remains unclear whether the 63-year-old will take charge against the Gunners or against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Schweinsteiger, a former World Cup and Champions League winner, praised Thomas Tuchel’s style of play, following the clash at Stamford Bridge, and he believes the Blues are well equipped to win big trophies again this season.

But the 37-year-old, who made 35 appearances for Manchester United, feels that the twenty-time champions will close the gap on Chelsea, under the man dubbed the ‘godfather’ of German football and gegenpressing.

Schweinsteiger is right, we are nowhere near where we need to be to challenge the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.

But it is hoped, under the astute tactician of Rangnick, the club can produce an attacking style of play that sees us finish the season strongly, which allows the club’s next permanent manager to kick on and build on the identity Rangnick creates.

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