Ralf Rangnick in agreement with Gary Neville on what Man Utd “need to change”

Rangnick is set to join Man United as interim boss for the remainder of the campaign
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Rangnick is seen as a pioneer of German coaching and has been described as ‘the godfather of gegenpressing’ and the innovator of a proactive style of play that has influenced coaches such as Jurgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann.

The 63-year-old has a very clear blueprint for how he wants his teams to play with high energy levels from his players key to the approach.

He told the Coaches Voice football forum last year about what he believed were the most valuable assets of a manager and it is likely to excite United fans who had been concerned about their side’s lack of a way of playing.

The German said when asked about the most important aspect of coaching: “To have a clear idea [the job of a manager] about how my team should play.

“This could be more the Pep Guardiola style or the Diego Simeone style or the Jurgen Klopp style.

“Common to them all is that they know exactly what kind of football they want to play and what it looks like. They have a video of it. perfect games in their minds.

“A football manager’s job is to transform this idea of football into the heads, hearts and veins of your players.”

This chimes with what Neville said at the start of United’s bad run of results, whenever they were held to a draw at home by Everton after losing 1-0 at Old Trafford against Aston Villa.

Neville told Sky Sports at the start of October: “Pep Guardiola over the years, people will talk about his football and his points, but he sustains attack, as does Jurgen Klopp’s teams.

“They push up the pitch and don’t let their opponents get out. Manchester United don’t do that, they let teams counter-attack them all the time.

“Why is that? Maybe they’ve got too many attacking players on the pitch, maybe those attacking players aren’t alert enough or smart enough to spot the danger in the game.

“Something has got to change and I think Ole is going to have to pick a team that plays in the league.

Gary Neville insists United need a defined why of playing
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“When I’ve seen Jose Mourinho or Sir Alex Ferguson trying to form teams, they keep a settle XI as much as possible and let that team build.

“Ole at the moment is rotating like Sir Alex used to because he’s got access to so many players.

“He’s picking a new team every game and that has to stop now.

“I hope the international break is a time for Ole amd his coaches to reflect.

“He has to pick a way of playing, select a team and let that team build an identity, a style, because that’s the only thing I can suggest right now.

“The style and identity isn’t there.”

United fans are likely to be excited by the prospect of Rangnick arriving at the club as interim coach until the end of the campaign, with a two-year ‘consultancy role’ agreed for the end of the campaign.