Ralf Rangnick’s thoughts on Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola offer insight into Man Utd plan

Ralf Rangnick will arrive in Manchester with a renowned philosophy


Rangnick pioneered the concept of pressing – something United have been criticised for not doing enough.

His previous comments about Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side provide an insight into what he admires in teams – and what he is likely to implement at Old Trafford.

“If I think of Jürgen Klopp and try to describe him as a coach, then No 1 for me is his tactical approach," Rangnick told The Times previously.

“He has always been able to transform his idea of football, the way he wants his team to play, on to the pitch."

Rangnick also added: "When you see Liverpool play, you know it is them. This is a special kind of football. It is different. It should never be boring.

“Jürgen sees the game through the eyes of what happens when the other team has the ball, and what does his team have to do to win the ball back? Either in pressing situations or counter-pressing situations."

Liverpool recently smashed United 5-0 at Old Trafford and just weeks later Manchester City controlled proceedings as they saw off the Red Devils, again on their own patch.

Pep Guardiola has won three Premier League titles in four years and is hailed for his possession-based style.

Rangnick was equally complimentary about the Catalan, but again highlighted Klopp's approach.

The methods used by Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have received huge praise
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He said: “Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, more or less sees the game with what happens when his team has the ball but we must say that Pep's teams are also very well organised with regard to high counter-pressing and pressing football.

“To reduce him to a ball-possession orientated coach is wrong.

"The difference is that Jürgen's teams play in a much more proactive way, he always wants to give his team the idea of what happens if we lose the ball and how can we immediately win it back? That is an offensive approach."