‘It’s a nice pension’: Graeme Souness questions Ralf Rangnick’s appointment at Manchester United

‘The man Rangnick’s CV is not one you would go ‘wow’ and doesn’t jump out at you’

Tom Kershaw
Tuesday 30 November 2021 10:20
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Graeme Souness has questioned Manchester United’s appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager, claiming the 63-year-old’s track record “is not one you would go ‘wow’ and doesn’t jump out at you”.

United confirmed Rangnick as their new interim manager on Monday on a six-month contract after which the German will stay on in a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford to help shape the club’s future.

Rangnick is considered one of the most innovative managers and directors in modern coaching but Souness cast doubt over whether the appointment would have an immediate impact on United’s underperforming squad.

“This is the third interim manager since Fergie went. I don’t get it,” Souness told Talksport. “The man Rangnick’s CV is not one you would go ‘wow’ and doesn’t jump out at you. He’s not been super successful. I think he’s won one trophy.

“His talent would appear, and we will find out, to go into a football club and develop the structure and improve in a five to ten year period. That’s not what Man United need right now. Man United need it instantly. They need someone to make an impact now.

“They’ve got a healthy group of players there and, there’s no doubt about it, Ole didn’t get the best out of that group of players. That’s what you are judged on. You walk into a football club, get the best out of the players and then if you are there long enough you can bring your own ones in to kick on. Right now, Manchester United have an underperforming squad of players.

Souness also stressed that Rangnick’s lack of silverware at the highest level was a cause for concern.

“Will this new guy, who has never been in the Premier League be able to do that? I don’t think so,” he said. “I don’t get this appointment on any level. If you are thinking about five or ten years time and the structures he might put in place [okay], [but it’s] six months and then he’s going to take a nice consultancy role?

“A nice pension for him, 63 years old, it’s lovely work if you can get it. I just don’t get this appointment.”

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