Rangnick says he ‘will definitely’ stay at Man Utd but is open to taking ‘another job’ amid Austria links

Jason Soutar
Ralf Rangnick speaks to Timo Werner after a match

Ralf Rangnick has revealed that he would have Man Utd’s blessing to take “another job” amid rumours linking him with the Austria job.

It was reported before the Red Devils’ Premier League clash against Chelsea on Thursday that Rangnick was considering an offer to coach Austria’s national team.

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He replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on an interim basis earlier this season and will slot into a consultancy role with Ajax boss Erik ten Hag taking the reins at the end of 2021/22.

When questioned about the rumours after the 1-1 draw against the Blues, the German manager told Sky Sports: “Let us speak tonight about Manchester United, this is the issue. I can confirm I will definitely continue in the consultancy role.

“So far me and Erik haven’t spoken. But I am more than happy and willing to help and change things for the better.

“It would leave space for another job but that is what we agreed in November last year.”

Man Utd were second best for the vast majority of Thursday’s match but avoided a third consecutive defeat thanks to a superb Cristiano Ronaldo finish.

On the result, Rangnick said: “We showed a good reaction in the second half, and it was a great finish from Cristiano Ronaldo. In the first half we had our problems and we needed a few great saves from David de Gea.

“Second half we did better and we got more control. You could see they are a top team, no coincidence they won the Champions League and we don’t have much confidence and had eight players missing.

“Although it was still a lucky draw, we earned it. At times we saw the gap, but they played with their best XI and we had players missing.

“We have problems with defending, not compact enough and not physical enough.

“Not only the goal Cristiano scored but his whole performance, his attitude at age of 37, this is not normal to do that. If he plays like he did today he can still be a big help to this team.

“It is Erik’s and Cristiano’s decision for what he can do next but today his performance was really great.”