What could Ralf Ragnick bring to Manchester United?

Ralf Ragnick will take over the interim role at Manchester United as they clash with Chelsea on Sunday

By Web Desk
November 26, 2021
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Manchester United on Sunday sacked head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after United's poor performance this season.

Manchester United have reportedly agreed on terms with Head of Sports and Development at Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moscow Ralf Ragnick, who is set to take over the interim manager role at Manchester United and will be given a further two years in a consultancy role.

Ralf Ragnick has made a reputation for himself as a Director and coach of football at RB Leipzig, Schalke, and Hoffenheim.

Alan Smith, who is a former football player and current football pundit at Sky Sports, believes that Ralf Ragnick's "style and experience" will lead to major improvements in Manchester United.

"It's fascinating news and good news for Man Utd. He's a manager, leader, and coach of great abilities," Smith told the Essential Football Podcast.

Alan believes that Ragnick is an underestimated manager despite being the godfather of renowned coaches, who look up to him.

"I'm a little surprised — he's not immediately mentioned when various clubs are looking for a manager — but if you ask the German coaches, such as Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, and Julian Nagelsmann, they all look up to him.

"They see him as a father figure or mentor, in the way Latin managers such as Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino, see Marcelo Bielsa. That kind of figure, somebody who wrote the rule book for others to follow," Alan added.

Alan also said that Ragnick's tenure at United will start to show improvements immediately, especially the youngsters as the German coach likes to work with "young and energetic" players who are eager to learn and perform.

"He likes working with young players who are energetic, willing to learn, hungry — and you look at the lads like Scott McTominay and Jadon Sancho, who hasn't hit the ground running at Man Utd yet, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, these players, he'll really enjoy working with so much talent there and in the next few weeks and months you'll see those boys kick on," he concluded.