Man Utd’s winners and losers as Ralf Rangnick closes in on interim role

Manchester United are close to appointing German manager Ralf Rangnick on a six-month deal, which could lead to mixed fortunes within the current team dressing room

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Manchester United are on the verge of appointing Ralf Rangnick on a six-month deal as the German has been selected as the man to fill in on a temporary basis until at least the end of the season.

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After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked following United's humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford, a deal to bring in Rangnick is close, and the former RB Leipzig manager will bring a very unique style of football to Old Trafford.

The 63-year-old is renowned for revolutionising modern German tactics and Rangnick is known for founding gegenpressing, inspiring a wave of managers from his homeland.

Rangnick's philosophy is to play with high-intensity, pressing from the front, which will bring a whole new look to the United we have been used to seeing this season.

Although the switch in style may benefit some stars, it may also work against some others, and Daily Star Sport takes a look at which players fall in either category…

Winners…

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford could find himself a crucial part of Ralf Rangnick's side
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With the pace, power and agility that Marcus Rashford possesses, he could be an incredible asset under Rangnick, who enjoyed success with Timo Werner as a quick forward operating down the left at Leipzig.

Rashford is exactly the type of player that will harass defenders from the front for United, and his energy will be valuable when closing down opposition for large periods of the game.

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Rangnick's style will likely benefit Rashford, who could see further improvement in his game due to the German's style, and his speed when capitalising on opposition mistakes could prove lethal for United.

Rashford could finally nail down that left wing position for United, giving him an added boost after returning from shoulder surgery completed in the summer.

Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood could find himself in attack once more at Manchester United

Mason Greenwood was United's stand-in no.9 at the start of the season, before the club announced the sensational return of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rangnick likes to play two strikers when he can, and Greenwood surely has a great chance of starting with Edinson Cavani and Ronaldo lacking the pressing power that the 19-year-old could add to his game.

Greenwood doesn't just possess athleticism though, as the youngster is a lethal finisher and with regular game time, his end product can only improve even more.

Paired with Rashford in United's attacking line, it could even give Greenwood the boost he needs to be called up to Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho will be hoping that he can rediscover his Bundesliga form under Ralf Rangnick

Jadon Sancho finally got on the score sheet for United in their recent 2-0 victory over Villarreal, and Rangnick's appointment could bring the 21-year-old even more good fortune.

Sancho has made a slow start to his United career, but fans will be hoping that the floodgates are open after his exceptional strike against Villarreal ended his drought.

With Rangnick such a huge success in Germany, where Sancho also became a star at Borussia Dortmund, the incoming United boss could be a crucial mentor for the summer signing and take him to the next level.

United will see a flurry of chances created if their pressing style works under Rangnick, and Sancho was known for his incredible assist record at Dortmund, creating 64 goals across four seasons.

Losers…

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo isn't exactly made for Ralf Rangnick's style of play

It's unlikely that any manager in the world would drop Ronaldo, but the five-time Ballon d'Or winner goes completely against Rangnick's style of play.

Ronaldo isn't one for pressing, although it hasn't served him too badly throughout his career, but Rangnick's style requires all forward's to press from the front otherwise it becomes ineffective.

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Although Ronaldo wants the best for United, it's unlikely that the 36-year-old will drastically change his game to accommodate Rangnick's philosophy, which could result in less game time depending on the ruthlessness of the interim boss.

As seen this season, Ronaldo can still win a game on his own, but Rangnick will be hoping that his side won't be left in that vulnerable position in the first place.

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani could be an outcast at Manchester United if Ralf Rangnick is appointed
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Cavani is United's other veteran striker, and although the Uruguayan is vastly experienced, he doesn't have the legs to press like Rangnick would like.

Spearheading sides such as Napoli, Paris Saint Germain and now United, similarly to Ronaldo the striker has been the one to benefit from the hard-work put in around him.

However, this isn't the case under Rangnick, and if the Germna is going to hand Ronaldo a free pass to his pressing style, he certainly won't be letting Cavani off the hook as well.

The Uruguayan is expected to leave the club at the end of the season, but depending on how he is used until the new year, he could even exit the club in January.

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