Ralf Rangnick | Interim manager | does anyone rate him?

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He inherited a team in dissaray, you can't expect miracles, building player confidence and implementing club wide change will take time.
 

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It’s upto to the players, Will they follow the instructions and will they put continuous effort in for 90 minutes, it’s hard to see with the group of players we have.

Previously, It was a lot easier to mould a team and a way of playing when he had young players desperately trying to make it in the profession, at teams where very little was expected of them. He’s now got a group of players who are overpaid, lack motivation and seem to think they have made it in football already and don’t need to learn anymore.
If the regular starters can’t/won’t do what he asks, start bringing in some youth or buy some exciting young players that are hungry for it and will give their all.
 
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No. No significant trophies in 35y of managing says enough. If he was any good he would of had at least a bit of succes in such a long career. Not charismatic enough to be a manager. Might make a good coach though so I hope that's the only reason he's here to see our season out. Really, really, really hope our board has a plan in motion which results in signing Ten Hag after the season. Another hasbeen and I'll scream.
 
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Weirdly not excited at all about the new manager at the moment.

The long stretch without a game combined with that dire Norwich match contributed to that feeling - but mainly it’s just being jaded from all the change and false dawns of the past few years, coupled with the players farting out the usual sound bites of working hard, training hard, blah blah blah.

I’m hoping we absolutely smash Newcastle today and see some exciting footy to jolt me out of this feeling, it seems like so long since I properly enjoyed a United game.
If you're looking for magic in 3 weeks, you're in the wrong place
 

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I din't think that was on the manager. Some of those players genuinely looked like they had ate too much Christmas food and were still a little tipsy from Christmas drinks (which elite athletes should be going nowhere near but we know that most do it). Absolutely shocking sharpness for this level.
 
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Wasn't that exactly the intended plan from the start?
Yeah but Rangnick said that he thinks he needs 1 year at the least to show his maximum effect.
 

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Many of our players are looking in horrible form since the beginning of the season, I can't explain it. We were ok last season and then improved the team and first 11 no less and yet we are so much worse.

At least people should realize that you don't fix such a thing with a manager change in a few weeks or even months and Ole was not the single biggest problem, it goes deeper then that. I can only hope we find form in the second part of the season and then have a very good pre season with a new manager, whoever it will be.
 

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Way too early to draw conclusions but one thing I am disappointed is how the same underperforming players have basically the assurances of starting the next game
 

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I didn't like the way he set us up. Not the formation but players in the positions. Greenwood with Bruno is never going to work. I would have preferred if he had played DVB and Bruno behind the top two of Ronaldo and either Greenwood, Cavani or Sancho.
The problem is Maguire. He takes centuries before he can pass the ball.
 

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I was expecting a new manager bounce but theres been nothing. Its hard to see a significant upturn when the team's form has been bad for so long now.
 

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At least he isnt making excuses in his post match interview. he was basically asked about Covid and he said it didnt effect the game. It was our lack of physicality and enerny and control.

Next two games are home games and i think we will play better.

The away games will be a struggle all season in my opinion.
Code words for passion and desire
 

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I'm not expecting miracles. There are only a couple of games you can look at this entire season and say we were well on top and deserved it, you can't fix that overnight. Honestly the players need to be de-programmed or something. Just the sloppiest play all the time, 5 yard passes being hit too hard or misplaced slightly constantly.
 

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No.

Now of course I'm not going to write him off, ridiculously early to do that but I would have hoped for better performances from United under him than what I've seen so far.

Now I didn't see the Palace match which by all accounts was decent and a deserved win. People said the second half was boring but that in the first we looked like an improved team. Would have hoped for similar in games against Newcastle and Norwich rather than feeling we got more than we merited against 2 very bad sides. Maybe something like the performance away at Spurs under Ole when we won 0-3. We weren't fantastic that day, the scoreline maybe flattered us touch and Spurs were at a low ebb but we deserved the victory and looked largely in control.

The Young Boys match was a completely changed team so nothing to judge on in that one.

Underwhelming start for me in the 2 league matches I've seen so far but of course it's early days.
 

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I thought that he was having a pop at Telles too but when I rewatched it he was actually moaning at the linesman for not noticing that the ball had nicked off a Newcastle United player so it should have been our throw not theirs.
Good spot, genuinely thought he was complaining to Telles, not that there’s anything wrong with it. Just thought the whole team were complaining to everyone at every opportunity last night.
 

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Players have to buy into how he works, either it's curtains again. It was shambolic yesterday. His press conference was all about what we didn't do and that shows its still work in progress, he tells you what's what is refreshing, no bollocks like well thus is football for you etc etc. Let's see where we are in February. But yesterday I couldn't see any progress.
 

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From what I have seen so far we are going to be playing Thursday night football next season.

Will Ten Hag or Poch fancy that?

This football club is broken beyond repair. Glazers out.
Of course they will. A lot of money and less pressure as a result.
Klopp went to Liverpool, Conté to Chelsea when 10th and now to Tottenham.
The Premier League is the most attractive as they have a lot of money, the competition and attention are high.
And going to one of the richest club in the world in this state cannot be bad : you’ll take the plaudits if it’s better and not the blame of it stays the same.
Basically a win win situation.
 

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When José left us the players were revolting and had a point to prove after he left.
Now they are just unmotivated and deflated, it’s a much worse situation and I don’t expect a big reaction from them.

We badly needed someone like Conté to turn the results around, someone very intense.

Rangnick is not good manager anymore and never was the level we need. Hire him higher up instead. But as an interim it wasn’t a good idea to salvage something from this season I think.
 

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When we have possession our players look like chickens being chased by dogs.

When City have possession they look like there isn't any opposition on the pitch and it is a walking pace drill.
We will never get to a level close to that with this set of players. A big percentage of our squad is made of technically average player. Hard to develop good possession football with Maguire/Fred/McT/Bruno/Rash/ etc etc
 

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Just toys being thrown now. Chelsea has had like 3 interim managers in the past decade. Famously, Hiddink. The point is to get to the summer when the very best managers are willing to switch if they are not free agents. It's not done just for fun.
Which is fine if that's what happens.

However if we aren't in the CL then things become more difficult on that front.
 

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My biggest concern is that he doesn't fully understand the gravity of the problems at United. Its deep, underlying problems that go all the way to the top (too many to list). When I watched him talk pre match (might have been the presser) and he was positive saying that he wants to continue clean sheets but wants more from the attack, better decision making. I was thinking that's all good but unless it's coached into them then a lot of the decision making will be rubbish, as it has been for ages. Some of the players just don't have a good football IQ, the exceptions being DDG (always in the right place), Ronaldo and Cavani. The rest are bang average and often choose the wrong pass. Ronaldo was rubbish in this case because he looked like he was trying to pull stuff off and his body wasn't responding, then he was getting annoyed but no one can argue on his football brain..
 

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a- this is a heavily unbalanced team with a mix of players who are clearly not good enough, lazy prima donnas, and players at the end of their career who came here for their massive pay cheque and can be bothered running. Ralph has also inherited a huge side with many egos and whose patience had ran thin

b- Geggenpressing requires ample time and the correct players for it. Klopp struggled in his first year. Rangnick lack both

c- 4-2-2-2 is something none of our players had ever seen.

d- Some players incompetence is being met by the Portuguese whingers. Neither camp are doing anything good for us

Rangnick should switch to a 4-3-3 system and get rid of as many players humanely possible. Hopefully that would free enough cash for us to add 2-3 players who are ready to do their job


That's the price you pay for letting an amateur play real life football manager.
 

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Not the time to rate or unrate the manager. He needs time. What is a concern is that we don’t have players for his style of football.

If you play Telles, Dalot, Fred, McT then more than a third of your team is bang average. You then have the rest of the team out of form and it’s a receipe for disaster.
 

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Can you believe Ole's supporters, screaming after only 3 games?
That's insane isn't it? and those who write sarcastically the " blame it on Ole " phrase after games is just pathetic. Like he is not the one who had the upper hand of what's happening now!
 

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I think Rangnick can do well but he has to change the team from an Ole team. That front 6, you could give them peak Ferguson or Guardiola and they'd struggle to make it work.

Greenwood is a striker playing on the wing. Ronaldo is a poacher. Fernandes is a second striker playing in midfield. Rashford is just terrible at everything at the moment. Fred and McTominay are just not good enough.

Only by changing the selection of players will we ever see any of his plans realised. You can't press efficiently for a sustained number of games with those players. If there is political pressure on Rangnick to play Ronaldo in every game, then I don't expect him to be successful here.

Cavani needs to start the next game, as well as Sancho and Van de Beek.
 

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If you're looking for magic in 3 weeks, you're in the wrong place
Where did I specify anything about magic? I’m looking for a bit of visible improvement on the pitch, a bit of hope. So far it’s been complete shite.

Under Ole we smashed Cardiff in his first game, with a much worse squad, and kept that new manager bounce up for a good few months.
 

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Some people are already giving up on him. I knew it would start but didnt think it will start 4 games in. Fascinating.
 

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When we have possession our players look like chickens being chased by dogs.

When City have possession they look like there isn't any opposition on the pitch and it is a walking pace drill.
That's cause we dont have a player who can control the game, slow the tempo and keep possession more than 5 seconds.
 

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Just watched his post match and the main thing he was saying was physicality and desire to win the duels. And when pressed on it other than control he said we needed to match their physicality but we didn't.
And needed to reduce unforced errors. Early days but I bet the results will be no better than ole to be honest very knee jerk I know, but yea happy to be proven wrong but don't think I will be.
Well at least you know.
 

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Honestly I've lost a lot of faith in him here. Horrible football. Tuchel you could see a clear identity in the first two games. He should get Ten Hag asap for the summer. and go upstairs.
 

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So you went from moaning about Ole to moaning about supposed Ole supporters?
Kudos.
So you went from sticking behind Ole (who was in relegation form) after 3 years in the club to moaning about the new manager after only 3 games.
 

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Where did I specify anything about magic? I’m looking for a bit of visible improvement on the pitch, a bit of hope. So far it’s been complete shite.

Under Ole we smashed Cardiff in his first game, with a much worse squad, and kept that new manager bounce up for a good few months.
That’s what happens when you replace a manager the players hate. Suddenly they start trying again. The players didn’t hate Ole. They always tried for him (hence we had so many come from behind victories) So we were never going to get the easy bounce we saw after sacking Mourinho.

If anything, sacking a popular figure like Ole could destabilise us for a few weeks. We’ve also lost Carrick and McKenna in quick succession.

What the players need (and didn’t get under Ole) is world class coaching and a coherent, consistent approach to every game. This will obviously take much longer to produce any clear improvement than simply sacking a toxic presence like Mourinho.
 

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It was always going to be difficult to implement such a big change in style. Yes, Conte has done it at Spurs, but usually it takes a while to change a system. I am worried just how much we haven't changed in the last few weeks - yesterday was horrendous against a very poor Newcastle.
RR has to take some responsibility though - his reliance on Rashford is beyond understanding. He must do some sensational stuff on the training ground to be constantly in the matchday squad.