Man Utd tagged ‘beyond a joke’ as Micah Richards claims Rangnick’s glaring error did major damage
Manchester United should have brought Ralf Rangnick straight into an advisory role instead of giving him a spell as a manager, an expert has claimed.
The German coach arrived at Old Trafford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November. United tried to bring in Mauricio Pochettino from Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent basis, but failed.
As a result, they went the interim route until the end of the season. Man Utd chose Rangnick because of his on-field coaching experience and expertise in club football departments.
Indeed, he worked as a manager and sporting director at RB Leipzig. At Old Trafford, meanwhile, he will enter a two-year consultant role at the end of this season.
So far, however, Rangnick has admitted that his greatest achievement will guide United to the Premier League top four. But despite Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Brightonthe manager struggled for the results.
According to Micah Richards, United shouldn’t have bothered bringing in Rangnick as manager. He added that by doing so they damaged his reputation.
“When I look at United I see too much disorganization,” the pundit wrote for the Daily mail.
“Look at Ranknick. Everyone knew that his greatest asset was organizing things behind the scenes. If United had brought him into a consultancy role, following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure, it would have looked like they had a plan.
“But now Rangnick has had a spell as manager, during which the results haven’t been as good as they should be.
“So if he goes behind the scenes at the end of the year, rightly or wrongly, people will question his credentials to oversee the improvements United need.
“If they had approached it the other way, allowing Rangnick to step in and make changes to the structure, they would have been recognized.
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“But going in the direction they went didn’t help fix the situation.”
Club leaks haven’t helped United’s progress under Rangnick either.
Reports have claimed that some players referred to assistant coach Chris Armas as fictional football coach Ted Lasso.
Gary Neville called the leaks ‘disgusting’ in his assessment. Richards, meanwhile, claimed the leak was “beyond a joke.”
Rangnick facing crucial Man Utd fate
Despite the criticism, Rangnick will want to focus on his task at hand guiding United to a top four finish.
However, he faces a difficult end to the season with 13 games left.
The Red Devils still have to face Liverpool, Manchester City and the first four rivals Arsenal.
They also play against Chelsea and Tottenham at Old Trafford. Before that, however, United travel to Leeds United on Sunday to take on Marcelo Bielsa’s side.