Manchester United are set to appoint Ralf Rangnick as their new interim manager after the team’s Premier League game against leaders Chelsea on Sunday afternoon
Manchester United players are already on audition ahead of Ralf Rangnick’s imminent appointment, according to Jamie Carragher.
The experienced German is expected to be announced as United’s interim manager for the rest of the season in the coming days.
And Carragher believes United’s team would’ve had that in the back of their minds as they took to the field at Stamford Bridge.
“I think so,” said the Liverpool icon when asked by Sky Sports, “and I think they should be thinking like that.
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“They’ll get the instructions of [caretaker manager] Michael Carrick and the coaching staff – they’ll have a job to do – but it is a strange situation.
“You don’t normally have, at club level, where you know who the next manager coming in is. He will be watching the game, he’s possibly watched all of Manchester United’s games this season.
“And, certainly if I was playing, I’d be thinking in the back of my mind, ‘Yeah, I want to win today, I want to win for the club and Michael Carrick, but also the new manager.’
“He’ll be glued to his TV, wherever that will be.”
Carragher has also admitted he’s impressed with United’s decision to appoint Rangnick as their new interim manager.
“I think the appointment of who it looks like they’re going to bring in is a positive step in terms of how he wants the football played now the top teams all play that way,” he said.
“The way this guy wants his teams to play going back 20 years since he started coaching so I think it’s positive. Nobody has to play the same way but top level football is played like that.
“United were a million miles away from that. I think this guy is coming in, Ralf Rangnick, will make sure United get in the Champions League next season.
“But the biggest job he has it to identify the next coach his role will be taking away from the people at the top and they will take advice from him. He will want the next coach to be in his mould.”
United legend Roy Keane, however, has questioned their decision to hire an interim manager and believes the players are more to blame than previous boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“First of all, it was disappointing for Ole to finish in such a low obviously going through a difficult time the Watford result was really poor and the performance,” he added.
“Obviously, I’ve argued with Jamie about a manager getting enough time and Ole did get enough time and the results and the performances over the last couple of months have been really poor.
“So, there was no real surprise after the Watford game but the club now have to regroup, get somebody in and get the deed over the line.
“I don’t think it’s ideal this interim stuff until the end of the season but it is what it is and they have to get on with it.
“But ultimately, when I look at the last few performances from the players, they’re nowhere near good enough for Man Utd, but the manager paid the price.”