Rangnick ‘won’t speak’ to Ten Hag until end of season as ‘full focus’ remains on finishing 21/22

Date published: Friday 6th May 2022 1:30 - Jason Soutar

Ralf Rangnick during a match

Man Utd manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed he will not speak with incoming boss Erik ten Hag until the end of the season.

Ten Hag will take charge this summer when Rangnick’s spell as interim boss comes to an end. The German will then step into a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford whilst also managing the Austrian national team.

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Ajax are chasing the Eredivisie title with Ten Hag’s side currently four points clear at the top of the table with three games remaining.

The Dutchman remains ‘fully focused’ on lifting the league title this campaign whilst Rangnick is hoping to end Man Utd’s torrid season on a positive note.

“We will definitely speak at the end of the season,” Rangnick said in Friday’s pre-match press conference (via Manchester Evening News). “Both Erik and myself want to have our full focus on the outstanding games. He has three to play and will do everything to win the title in the Netherlands.

“We have agreed we will have a chat and speak about everything at the end of the season.”

Rangnick insists the players “enjoyed themselves” during Monday’s win against Brentford. He is hoping for a similar result against Brighton on Saturday.

He said: “I think it was visible against Brentford. This was not only my subjective opinion, you could see they enjoyed themselves on the pitch. Not everything was perfect, but in possession we controlled the game.

“In regard to next season, there will be some changes with quite a few players’ contracts expiring. New players who join us here and players with long-term contracts, it’s something that needs to be discussed with the board. Erik needs to say which players he wants to work with.

“I’m positive with the players who are here and new players the pathway could be a positive one and that is what we are trying to achieve.”

Rangnick continued: “Harry (Maguire) is back in training, he trained the whole week since the second day after the Brentford game so he will be available for tomorrow and part of the group.

“Edinson (Cavani) is training, he came on as a sub (against Brentford), Marcus Rashford will be missing, he’s got bronchitis with a high temperature so he won’t be able to be part of the group and we have a question mark on Eric Bailly, he called the doctor this morning and had some back problems and he is being checked right now. We will have to see if he will be able to train afterwards.”

On if Maguire could return against Brighton, the German manager said: “This is a decision I have to make after training today, I don’t want to tell our opponents the line-up to start.”

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