Ralf Rangnick wants Lars Kornetka as his Manchester United assistant manager, report Russian outlet Championat.

United’s statement when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked stated the club were looking for an interim boss until the end of the season.

Rangnick looks set to be that man and he wants to bring Kornetka with him to help implement his philosophy.

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Who is Lars Kornetka and what do Manchester United fans need to know?

1) Rangnick said in a piece with the Coaches Voice that he made Kornetka the first video analyst in Germany in 2007 when he brought him to Hoffenheim.

Rangnick said: “He’s the best video analyst we have in Germany and my friend and colleague.”

2) Kornetka also worked with Rangnick at Schalke, before moving to Bayern Munich where he was a video analyst for Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

3) He had his first taste of life as an assistant manager when he joined Bayer Leverkusen ahead of the 2014/15 season.

That was the year after David Moyes’ United beat the Bundesliga outfit 5-0 on their own patch.

4) He also has experience as assistant manager at RB Leipzig and PSV Eindhoven.


Kornetka left the Dutch club in the summer to join Rangnick at Lokomotiv Moscow as an ‘adviser of management’.

5) When Rangnick left the Red Bull group last summer, the New York Times report he established his own consultancy firm, together with Kornetka.

That underlines the closeness of their relationship and Rangnick will need people close to him who he can trust who understand his methods if he is to succeed at United.

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Is Kornetka a good option as assistant manager?

There is not much point pretending that too much is known about Kornetka within English football.

But the 43-year-old is fully versed in Rangnick’s methods, and the German has a particular way he wants to play.

That requires a particular style of coaching and Kornetka clearly has experience and aptitude on the analytics side of things too.

United’s current coaches have come under intense scrutiny and most fans will be willing to give any new face on the backroom staff the chance to prove they can bring about improvement on the training pitch.

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