Manchester United have turned to Ralf Rangnick as they attempt to resurrect what has been an underwhelming season and the German is planning a chat with Sir Alex Ferguson
Ralf Rangnick is planning to pick the brains of Sir Alex Ferguson over dinner as he plots Manchester United’s rise.
The German took charge this week and will be in the dugout for the first time when Crystal Palace visit Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
United axed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last month after a poor run of results, following considerable summer investment.
The Red Devils are languishing in seventh, more than 10 points behind league leaders Manchester City.
They have turned to Rangnick for inspiration and the highly-regarded German will be tasked with, at least, getting them back into the top four as he attempts to implement his philosophy.
United have been largely starved of success, particularly in the league, since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
The Scot is still at the club in an ambassadorial role and continues to have an influence behind the scenes.
Rangnick is looking to draw on his experience as he looks to get a feel for the Manchester outfit, its traditions and ways of moving forward, reports The Sun.
The 63-year-old came up against Ferguson when he was in charge at Schalke back in 2011, in a Champions League semi-final.
Now he and the Scot will be working towards the same goal, but Rangnick claimed there would be no quick fix at Old Trafford with patience necessary before the fruits of his labour are seen.
The German said: “He (Ferguson) only came back from New York on Thursday and has to stay at home because of quarantine and Covid regulations.
“But I am very much looking forward to meeting him over the next two or three weeks.
“Darren Fletcher told me he wants to arrange a mutual lunch or dinner with him.
“The important thing is to celebrate this DNA the club still has, but implement it into the transformation to modern football.
Rangnick also went on to say: “You have to be aware of what kind of players you have and where they stand.
“I cannot ask things of them that they can’t deliver right now. I have to take them and accept where they currently are.
“I cannot turn the players we have into the pressing monsters I want them to be within two, three or four weeks. The same happened to Jurgen Klopp when he went to Liverpool in the middle of the season.
“They had a lot of injuries in that time — muscle injuries — because they were not used to that kind of training, so we have to be smart.
“Then you must make sure you have the best possible recruitment and sign the best players for this kind of football, and have the best manager to develop, coach and train them.”
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