Manchester United fans are bursting with excitement after ‘tactical genius’ Ralf Rangnick reached an agreement to become the club’s new interim manager.
United explained after sacking boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that they were targeting a coach for six months before hiring a permanent successor in the summer and that has transpired with Rangnick closing in.
News of his imminent appointment was warmly received on social media with fans describing it as ‘immense’ and the start of a ‘new era’.
‘We’ve acquired one of the best footballing brains in the business in Ralf Rangnick, this is huge,’ one fan-page wrote.
‘Not only will he take charge for the next 6 months, he’ll then move up into an alternative capacity role, similar to that of a director. A step in the right direction.’
Andrew Marshallsay added: ‘Ralf Rangnick as Man United manager is a massive move.
‘He’s one of the reasons why football tactics are the way they are these days. He’s a tactical genius.’
Manchester United have reached an agreement to name Ralf Rangnick as interim manager
Fans have been left delighted to be on the cusp of appointing a ‘tactical genius’ like Rangnick
Rangnick, who was nicknamed the ‘Professor’ during his early managerial career in Germany, has established a reputation as one of the finest footballing brains in the sport.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel are among the disciples for his ‘heavy metal, rock and roll’ football. Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann also worked closely with Rangnick at RB Leipzig.
United had lost a playing style and identity under Solskjaer, which ended in a humiliating 4-1 loss to Watford, and fans are thrilled at the prospect of better football.
‘Ralf Rangnick has a great reputation to build teams from the core,’ one fan wrote.
‘He’s a hard working press offensive manager. Manchester United team will be very exciting & sight to behold. We shall rise above the ashes into the limelight. A new era has begun. We ain’t here to take part.’
Another overjoyed fan added: ‘He is a master of improving people – not just players. Having him in the building makes every single person better.’
Rangnick will be tasked with getting United up the table after a poor start to the campaign
Rangnick is seen as a revolutionary coach and fans believe it is a ‘step in the right direction’
Plenty of players at United are in need of fresh coaching as they look to improve on a below-par start to the season which has left them eighth in the Premier League, 12 points off leaders Chelsea.
United have often looked lethargic out of the ball, with Cristiano Ronaldo among those pressing least across the entire league.
There are also real concerns over the solidity of the midfield with Fred and Scott McTominay two that find themselves under the microscope.
As well as waxing lyrical about Rangnick’s tactical qualities, social media also had a bit of fun when news dropped that an agreemeent had been reached.
Using a GIF of Ralph Wiggum from the Simpsons, one fan looked to explain how Fred fits into United’s midfield. In the GIF Ralph, representing Rangnick, is placing an egg into a basket but there is a hole in the bottom.
Others had some fun with memes and GIFs as they looked at the size of Rangnick’s job
As he is expected to go into a consultancy role, it was joked he will be interviewing himself
Others made fun of the fact that in six months, Rangnick is set to move upstairs in a consultancy role and will no doubt have some sway on who the next manager is.
Using a scene from the hit sitcom series The US Office, Dwight Schrute is in a job interview.
In the mocked up images it is a scene whereby Rangnick is interviewing himself for the permanent job in the summer.
‘You will be hearing from us shortly, Mr Rangnick,’ it reads. ‘And I think you’re gonna like the call you’re going to receive.’
Cristiano Ronaldo’s role under Rangnick quickly came under scrutiny due to his high press
One video joked that Ronaldo will be struggling to stay afloat with the German’s strict system
Ronaldo has been near the bottom of pressing stats across the entire Premier League
Gegenpressing and high-intensity football is absolutely central to Rangnick’s plan and many have already doubted whether Ronaldo will be able to exist in such a regime.
Fans used GIFs of people screaming and another of a video of a man nearly drowning to take aim at the struggles many believe Ronaldo will face in adapting to the new style.
Ronaldo was deemed ‘too old’ for Rangnick back in 2016 while he was at RB Leipzig and it will be fascinating to see how the German works with the Portuguese attacker.