Rangnick defended by Real Madrid star following Man Utd exit – ‘he didn’t have time’

Date published: Tuesday 7th June 2022 8:49 - Lewis Oldham

Rangnick defended by Alaba

Real Madrid star David Alaba has defended Austria coach Ralf Rangnick following his Man Utd departure.

Rangnick replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the end of last year. He was unable to improve United’s fortunes as they finished sixth in the Premier League in 2021/22.

The 63-year-old was only able to win eleven of his 29 games in charge of Man Utd across all competitions.

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Erik ten Hag is United’s new permanent manager. Rangnick was due to take up a consultancy role at the club behind the scenes from this summer.

This has not happened though. Rangnick has departed Man Utd to concentrate on being Austria’s coach.

Alaba is one of the players Rangnick is working with. The ex-Bayern Munich star has praised Austria’s new coach:

“He has been really good, you can see we have a really good plan and you can see it works for us on the pitch,” Alaba told The Athletic.

“He doesn’t want us to let the opponents breathe air. It is good for us.”

Alaba added: “I have known Ralf since I was 18 years old and he is a world-class coach. What he did in the past is something special and now I am seeing it close up.

“He showed what he can do at Leipzig, Salzburg and Hoffenheim. He didn’t have a lot of time in Manchester. He has a really good plan and knows a lot about football.”

Elsewhere, Louis van Gaal has suggested that Ed Woodward’s exit from Man Utd presents Ten Hag with an opportunity to be a success at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman previously managed Man Utd between 2014 and 2016. He has already warned Ten Hag about taking charge at Old Trafford.

He said Ten Hag should consider turning down the manager’s job there because Man Utd are a “commercial club” and he would be “better going to a football club”.

However, Ten Hag left Ajax to take over at Man Utd last month and Van Gaal said: “There is now a new leadership.

“It was Woodward and now it is Richard Arnold and that can make the difference. So we have to wait and see.

“He (Ten Hag) has a lot of confidence. So who am I to say something about that?”


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