Manchester United appear set to make a brave decision to appoint Ralf Rangnick as Manchester United interim manager.
The Athletic report an agreement is close with Rangnick, who will also take on a longer term strategic role within the club.
Rangnick is a smart tactician who is adaptable and willing to work to get the best out of his players.
We have picked out three players who we believe could really thrive thanks to Rangnick’s management…
Donny van de Beek
Donny van de Beek is a player who can thrive in Rangnick’s technical system. The Dutchman’s attributes will be put to good use and the interim boss will ensure he is not mistreated as he was under Solskjaer.
Rangnick likes to play a 4-2-2-2 system, and although not wedded to it, the formation will allow Van de Beek to play in the area of the pitch he likes, while not being leaned on to be the sole creator.
This appointment should be just what Van de Beek needs in order to get his United career off the ground.
Rangnick will already be very aware of Sancho due to the winger’s spell in the Bundesliga.
Earlier this year Rangnick was left disappointed as Sancho scored in the German Cup final to deny RB Leipzig the trophy, where he was working in a senior role at the time.
Sancho is a technically gifted player, and Rangnick will make it a priority to utilise him, whether it be out wide, or in a more central role in a 4-2-2-2.
After a rocky start at United which has shown improvement this week, Sancho will benefit from having a coach versed in German way of playing, having spent the last three years in the Bundesliga.
Rangnick has a track record of developing and improving players and he will love the opportunity to work with a player who has Mason Greenwood’s raw talent.
The coach will likely focus on developing Greenwood as a striker, and make him a smarter, harder working, and even better technical player than he already is.
Greenwood ran the risk of stalling in his progress under Solskjaer and his coaches. This will be the case no more under Rangnick and his permanent successor. Greenwood will be given an opportunity to become a better player and live up to his potential.
United fans will also win as Rangnick develops a side based around Sancho and Greenwood. He will improve these young talented players who will lead United’s attack over the years to come.
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