Manchester United fans are filled with excitement after ‘tactical genius’ Ralf Rangnick struck a deal to become the club’s new interim manager.
United explained after firing manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that they were targeting a coach for six months before hiring a permanent successor in the summer and that has happened with Rangnick closing in.
The news of his impending appointment was warmly received on social media with fans describing it as ‘immense’ and the beginning of a ‘new era’.
“We have acquired one of the best football brains in the business at Ralf Rangnick, this is huge,” wrote a fan page.
‘Not only will he take over for the next 6 months, he will then move up to an alternate 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 huge move.
“It’s one of the reasons soccer tactics are the way they are these days. He’s a tactical genius. ‘
Manchester United have reached an agreement to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager
Fans have been delighted to be on the verge of naming a ‘tactical genius’ like Rangnick
Rangnick, who was nicknamed the “professor” during his managerial career in Germany, has earned a reputation as one of the best football brains in the sport.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel are among the disciples of their ‘heavy metal, rock and roll’ football. Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann also worked closely with Rangnick at RB Leipzig.
United had lost their style of play and their identity with Solskjaer, which ended in a humiliating 4-1 loss to Watford, and fans are delighted with the prospect of better football.
“Ralf Rangnick has a great reputation for building teams from the core,” wrote one fan.
‘He’s a hard-working offensive press manager. The Manchester United team will be very exciting and to behold. We will rise above the ashes to the spotlight. A new era has begun. We are not here to participate.
Another overjoyed fan added: ‘He is a master at making people better, not just players. Having him in the building makes each person better. ”
Rangnick will be tasked with bringing United to the table after a poor start to the season.
Rangnick is seen as a revolutionary coach and fans believe he is a ‘step in the right direction’
Many United players need new training as they seek to improve at a below par start to the season that has left them in the second round in the Premier League, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.
United have often been lethargic off the ball, with Cristiano Ronaldo among the least pressured throughout the league.
There are also real concerns about the solidity of the midfield with Fred and Scott McTominay two being under the microscope.
Aside from getting lyrical about Rangnick’s tactical qualities, social media also had a bit of fun when it emerged that a deal had been reached.
Using a GIF of Ralph Wiggum from the Simpsons, a fan sought to explain how Fred fits into United’s midfield. In the GIF, Ralph, who represents Rangnick, places an egg in a basket but there is a hole at the bottom.
Others had a bit of fun with memes and GIFs seeing the size of Rangnick’s work.
As he is expected to take on a consultant role, it was joked that he will interview himself.
Others scoffed at the fact that in six months, Rangnick is ready to move upstairs in a consultant role and will undoubtedly have some influence over who the next manager will be.
Using a scene from the hit comedy series The US Office, Dwight Schrute is in a job interview.
In the simulated images there is a scene in which Rangnick interviews himself for the permanent job in the summer.
“You will hear from us shortly, Mr. Rangnick,” it reads. And I think you are going to like the call you are going to receive.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s role under Rangnick quickly came under scrutiny due to his high press.
A video joked that Ronaldo will have trouble staying afloat with the German’s strict system.
Ronaldo has been near the bottom of the pressing stats throughout the Premier League
Shocking, high-intensity football is absolutely central to Rangnick’s plan and many have already doubted that Ronaldo could exist in such a regime.
Fans used GIFs of people screaming and another of a video of a man nearly drowning to point to the struggles many believe Ronaldo will face to adjust to the new style.
Ronaldo was deemed ‘too old’ for Rangnick in 2016 while at RB Leipzig and it will be fascinating to see how the German works with the Portuguese attacker.