The 63-year-old boss joined as an interim manager after the club hierarchy decided to dismiss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a string of disappointing results. After finishing his stint as the interim boss, the German will become the consultant of the club for two more years from next season.
Writing in Daily Mail, Richards stated that Manchester United are looking disjointed and they appear to be out of sorts at the moment. Bringing Rangnick straight into the consultancy role would have been a better decision following the departure of Solskjaer, given the German’s reputation of rebuilding a football team off the field.
However, the Red Devils’ continuous struggle in this season despite the changing of manager has raised doubts about the 63-year-old’s credentials. And the doubts will remain when he will go upstairs at the end of this season. Richards wrote:
“When I look at United, I see too much disorganisation. Look at Rangnick. Everyone knew his biggest asset was organising things behind the scenes. If United had brought him into a consultancy role, after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left, it would have looked like they had a plan. But now Rangnick has had a spell as a manager, during which results have not been as good as they should be.
“So if he goes behind the scenes at the end of the year, rightly or wrongly people will be questioning his credentials to oversee the improvements United need. Had they approached things the other way around, allowing Rangnick to come in and make changes to the structure, they would have been given credit. But going at it from the direction they have has not helped settle the situation.”
Bringing Rangnick into the club has been a great appointment by the Manchester United hierarchy. Since the arrival of the German, the situation inside the dressing room is becoming more clear. Although it seemed to be happy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the reality is completely different.
Meanwhile, before taking over the consultancy role, the 63-year-old will have the opportunity to know more about the current squad while he is in the interim role, and it will help him to make the right decisions at the end of this season in the transfer market.
Manchester United have looked physically out of sorts to play the high-intensity style of game that Rangnick wanted to implement. So, he had to backtrack from his own philosophy and he is looking to play with a system that suits the current squad more.
The Red Devils have improved defensively and the team shape is looking much better in recent games. So, although the German hasn’t been able to improve the squad as much as he would have hoped for before taking over the challenge, Manchester United have improved in certain areas of the pitch under Ralf Rangnick.