Paul Merson believes Manchester United shouldn’t appoint Rangnick for the consultancy role 

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Former forward Paul Marson believes that appointing Ralf Rangnick for the consultancy role will not be ‘a good thing’ for Manchester United. 

The Red Devils hierarchy appointed the German tactician as an interim manager after dismissing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back in November last year. After finishing the stint as the interim manager, the 63-year-old will become the consultant of the club for two more years. 

Speaking on Sky Sports, Merson stated that Manchester United should not appoint Ralf Rangnick for the consultancy role if the Old Trafford outfit fail to secure their place in the Champions League next season. 

The former player also said that Rangnick should be ‘nipped in the bud sooner rather than later’ if Manchester United want to be successful in coming years. Merson said:

“No. One-hundred per cent [Rangnick won’t be in charge of Man Utd next season]. I’ve got as much chance of being in charge. I just don’t see it. I read something that said they have improved. I don’t see that. I don’t see the happiness there. I hear so much coming out of Man Utd, at the moment, which is just extraordinary. It never happened before and that’s my worry.

“I don’t see him being there and the way it is going at the moment, if they don’t get in the top four, I’d be shocked if he went upstairs. I know that was part of the deal, but I don’t think it’s a good thing. I think this needs to be nipped in the bud sooner rather than later at Manchester United.

“I just can’t believe what they are doing. Just waiting until next season to bring in a new manager, there is a lot of work to be done. This is not just bringing a new manager in and let’s go again next season. They are a million miles off and things have to change very quickly.

“I’d have had someone in as soon as possible. You pay £70m to £80m for football players and some of them don’t even play. Why wouldn’t you break the bank for managers, if you need to get a manager out of a club? In my opinion, they are very important. Some people might say they are not important but for me, they are a must. A great manager makes a great team.”

Our View:

Since arriving at the club, Ralf Rangnick has had to endure dressing room unrest which is carried on from the previous regime. Leaks from inside the dressing room have also been happening since the time of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. So, blaming Rangnick for the club’s recent situation is not right, given he has arrived just a few months ago.

Meanwhile, the German boss is trying to implement a high-intensity style of football that requires high physical demands. And without a full preseason, it will always be difficult for Rangnick to implement his philosophy.

Manchester United hierarchy have weakened their squad in the winter transfer window as they allowed Anthony Martial and Donny Van De Beek to go out on loan without bringing in new faces. Therefore, the 63-year-old has very few options at his disposal. 

It will be interesting to see what the Red Devils hierarchy decide to do about the next permanent manager. Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag are linked with a move to the Old Trafford stadium. 

However, Rangnick has earlier expressed his desire to continue as the head coach for one more year. But, if the Ajax boss becomes available in the summer then the club hierarchy should go all out for him while giving the German boss the necessary power to make the important decisions from upstairs. 

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