Manchester United will appoint Ralf Rangnick as their new interim manager after firing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this weekend.
According to The Athletic’s David ornstein, the innovative tactician is expected to take charge of the Red Devils on a six-month contract until the end of May before taking on a consulting role for the next two years.
The news will be warmly welcomed by all those associated with United, given his reputation and past achievements, but the 63-year-old will likely also require many changes.
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Rangnick is widely considered to be the founder of modern tactics in his homeland, with his Gegenpressing style influencing the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann.
Such a physically demanding style requires a certain type of player, and therefore it is likely that significant investments will be made during the upcoming transfer window in January.
With that in mind, here’s how Football FanCast expects Rangnick to line up after a whopping £ 196.5 million spending spree …
Although David de Gea returned to form during the initial weeks of the ongoing campaign, Rangnick’s side require a sweeper-keeper due to his high defensive line, meaning the more proactive Dean Henderson would probably be preferred over the Spaniard.
Before the 24-year-old, a familiar back would four, but with a significant change.
While Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane were almost certain to retain their places, Diogo Dalot was able to complete the defensive unit ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka due to his superior attacking ability.
And there would probably be some major changes in the engine room as well. Rangnick prefers to play with a 4-2-2-2 formation, which means that the two central midfielders must be extremely mobile.
Therefore, a Move £ 42.5 million for Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni can be punished, allowing him to collaborate with Donny van de Beek in the middle of the pitch.
The perseverance and creativity of Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes could see them secure regular starting places, although Jadon Sancho would also play heavy after proving his pressing merits at Borussia Dortmund.
And one of Sancho’s former teammates could connect with England’s national team player at Old Trafford again.
Erling Haaland has long been linked to the Red Devils, and Rangnick’s arrival may bring the Glazers to meet his reported £ 154 million price tag, with Mason Greenwood quite a terrifying front line.