Former Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren hopes his old side are ‘clever’ and allow Ralf Rangnick to ‘build the club’.
The 63-year-old was yesterday confirmed as the club’s interim boss until the end of the season and then he will take up a consultancy position until 2024.
However, the club has today announced that Michael Carrick will remain in caretaker charge for Thursday’s home game against Arsenal.
Following away games against Villarreal and Chelsea, Carrick will be managing at Old Trafford for the first time, as the club follows the regulatory process around a work visa for Rangnick.
Although Rangnick is only going to be in charge for a six-month period, McClaren is hopeful that the German coach can instil a positive identity, which the club can kick on from.
“I hope United are clever and they’ll allow him to build the club,” McClaren told talkSPORT Breakfast. “He’s gone in there six months as a manager and he’s a club builder.
“He goes on the three Cs of Concept, Creating a DNA – for the club a recognisable style of play with fast, attacking football and Competence – getting in the right staff and right players, that’s the key area.”
The former England manager alluded to the array of German coaches that have been influenced by Rangnick’s gegenpressing.
But he also felt that if Rangnick was unable to have the same impact on United’s current coaching and playing staff, he should be able to make crucial recruitment decisions.
McClaren added: “He’s got his disciples in Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann, Jesse Marsch at RB Leipzig. They’ve all been very successful under him and he needs to deliver that from the present coaches or bring new ones in and bring the right players in.
“United have got cash and I hope they’re clever in creating the DNA for the football club and building it beyond.
“Michael Carrick has kind of produced that a little bit especially at Chelsea with the energy, the pressing. They’re quite able to do that with the players they’ve got, they’re young and energetic.”
McClaren believes that United’s young talented crop of players will benefit from having Rangnick at the helm and they can push on, following a troublesome start to the campaign.
McClaren concluded: “One thing I saw when researching Rangnick is that he loves young players and developing them. Man United have a lot of young players that need developing, they just need a style.
“Man United without a shadow of a doubt have the players to bring themselves forward.”
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