Wagner endorses Manchester United's decision to appoint Ralf Rangnick
Young Boys boss David Wagner believes Manchester United have made a “good choice” appointing “top manager” Ralf Rangnick as interim boss.
The former Huddersfield Town manager is expecting the Reds to come at his Swiss side tonight and look to exact revenge, following the defeat on matchday one.
The reigning Swiss champions come to Old Trafford needing a win to keep their chances of qualifying for the Europa League alive.
If Young Boys pull off a shock win at the Theatre of Dreams and Villarreal beat Atalanta, Young Boys will secure Europa League football.
Although Rangnick is expected to rotate his side, United will be eager to put the Swiss side in their place after losing 2-1 in Bern, back in September.
Despite already qualifying for the Champions League last-16 as Group F winners, Rangnick’s starting line-up against Young Boys will still be packed with a mixture of experience and talented youngsters.
After winning his first game in charge against Crystal Palace, Rangnick will be eager to build momentum and Wagner is under no illusions of the difficult task his side face.
Speaking on the appointment and influence of Rangnick, Wagner told the Independent: “I think he has shown in the past that he is a top manager. He can develop football clubs, he can give football clubs a direction and I think Manchester United has done a good choice.
“Obviously they will for sure like to take the revenge after the first game which we played.”
Despite only having one game in charge and minimal time to train at Carrington, Wagner feels like Rangnick’s philosophies and style of play are already starting to come together.
Wagner added: “We’ve seen after the change of the manager that they changed a little bit the style, a little bit more intensity, they were a little bit more on the front foot and we have to find our solutions against them.
“We hear that they maybe make some changes but, listen, it’s Man United, world-class players all over the park – not only the starting 11, they have 20, 22 world-class players which we will face.”
Wagner and Rangnick worked together at Hoffenheim, when Rangnick was first team manager and the 50-year-old managed the club’s under-17 and under-19 sides.
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