The Bundesliga expert names the ‘real recipient’ from Rangnick at Man Utd

A Bundesliga expert believes former Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho will be the “real recipient” of Ralf Rangnick’s appointment to Man Utd.

The Red Devils have reportedly agreed to a deal to sign Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season.

The Premier League club has identified the German, who is currently director of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow, as a potential short-term successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

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Man Utd fired Solskjær last weekend after a poor result that culminated in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Watford.

And Bundesliga expert Kevin Hatchard believes Man Utd fans can look forward to plenty of “pressure and counter-pressure” if Rangnick is confirmed as their interim boss.

Hatchard told talkSPORT: “This was a guy who was very much a pioneer when he came up with his vision of pushing and counterpressing, the very fast vertical style.

“There are many coaches who have taken a leaf out of his book – Thomas Tuchel is one of them.

“Their paths crossed very early in Tuchel’s coaching career, and had it not been for his time with Rangnick, he might not have started as a coach the way he did.

“Jurgen Klopp thinks I’ve changed some of the ideas for his heavy metal football. This is a guy who basically built the Red Bull football operation from scratch in Leipzig.

“Yes, he’s had a lot of money to play for, but you still have to do it, and it’s a very smooth operation.”

And Hatchard adds that Sancho, who has struggled to make a big impact at Old Trafford since his summer move from Dortmund, could be the “real recipient” of Rangnick’s reign.

He added: “In general [he plays] a back-four, but not always. He has at times played a back-three, but generally a back-four.

“He likes 4-4-2 or 4-2-2-2, because what he wants to do is he wants to hit you as fast as possible. So you see a lot of games go through the middle, but he’s flexible. .

“He wants to adjust things and change things here and there, but what he does not change is the willingness to strike at breakneck speeds and the swarming pressure – it will not be negotiable either.

“Jadon Sancho I think will be a real benefit from this if it all goes through. Because he’s a guy you have to keep in mind has been in German football.

“And he’s used to learning about pressing triggers, he’s used to learning about when to go and pushing the opponent, when not to.

“I think part of the battle at Manchester United is that these instructions may not have been as detailed or have not been the same – I think he has struggled in that regard.

“I would think he would be perfect for the way Rangnick would like to play. Because he’s the kind of guy who makes decisions quickly and generally makes the right decisions.

“He thrives on the kind of broken transition play that Rangnick wants to create.”


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