Who is Ralf Rangnick’s reported new Manchester United coach and analyst Ewan Sharp?

Ralf Rangnick has appointed Ewan Sharp to his Manchester United coaching team, according to Sky Sports.

United recently lost Kieran McKenna and Martyn Pert to Ipswich Town, shortly after Michael Carrick stepped away from the club.

And Rangnick has seemingly wasted no time in bringing in Sharp to working on the coaching and analysis side of the game.

Who is Ewan Sharp and what do Manchester United fans need to know?

1) In Sharp’s early career, he was at MLS outfit Chicago Fire as First Team Video Assistant during the 2016 season.


2) After that, he spent four seasons as a performance analyst with the New York Red Bulls.

Sharp worked with the coaching staff on in opposition scouting, match planning, in match and post-match analysis. He also assisted the scouting department in talent identification and recruitment.

3) He previously worked with new United coach Chris Armas together at Toronto FC, where he was appointed as assistant coach in February 2021.

4) That spell ended swiftly earlier this year with Armas’ sacking in July after just two wins in 15 games.

5) Sharp looks set to join United from Lokomotiv Moscow, the same club they poached Rangnick from. His role there was a combination of assistant coach and analyst, but he only took it up last month.

Is Sharp a good option as coach?

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

As recently as February 2015, he was still a coach at Mercyhurst University.

But the coach has clearly had a rapid rise and seems versed in Rangnick’s methods, and the German’s particular way he wants to play.

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

That said, his CV might have some fans wondering if he is at the right calibre to improve players at Old Trafford.

Many supporters wanted a coaching overhaul at the club after Solskjaer left and three coaches have now left, with Sharp, Arnas and Sascha Lense replacing them.

Time will tell how Rangnick and his coaching staff can impact the club and Sharp looks set for a huge opportunity in his coaching career.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.