‘I don’t get it’ – Souness baffled by Rangnick-Man Utd decision

Lewis Oldham
Graeme Souness on Ralf Rangnick

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness is baffled by Manchester United’s decision to appoint Ralf Rangnick, who is simply getting a “nice pension” at Old Trafford.

After around three years in charge, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Man Utd just over a week ago. The club quickly announced that they were searching for an interim replacement until the end of the season.

This is before the appoint a new permanent boss prior to the 2022/23 campaign.

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Rangnick was announced as their interim boss on Monday morning. He is set to take up a consultary role at the club after passing the baton onto his replacement.

The former Schalke and RB Leipzig manager will be aiming to guide Man Utd into the top four this season. They are currently five points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham.

Souness has told talkSPORT that United needed someone “to make an impact now”:

“This is the third interim manager since Fergie went. I don’t get it,” Souness said.

“The man Rangnick’s CV is not one you would go ‘wow’ and doesn’t jump out at you. He’s not been super successful. I think he’s won one trophy.

“His talent would appear, and we will find out, to go into a football club and develop the structure and improve in a five to ten year period.

“That’s not what Man United need right now. Man United need it instantly. They need someone to make an impact now.

“They’ve got a healthy group of players there and, there’s no doubt about it, Ole didn’t get the best out of that group of players.

“That’s what you are judged on. You walk into a football club, get the best out of the players and then if you are there long enough you can bring your own ones in to kick on.

“Right now, Manchester United have an underperforming squad of players.

“Will this new guy, who has never been in the Premier League be able to do that? I don’t think so.

“I don’t get this appointment on any level. If you are thinking about five or ten years time and the structures he might put in place [okay], [but it’s] six months and then he’s going to take a nice consultancy role. A nice pension for him, 63 years old, it’s lovely work if you can get it.”