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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag refused to make clear Ralf Rangnick’s role on the club going forward in his first press conference on Monday. Ten Hag has replaced Rangnick within the dugout after his tumultuous interim spell ended on the weekend.

United’s toothless 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, their sixth successive away from home within the league, summed up the German’s time on the club. From dressing room conflict to uncertainty over his own future, it was a recipe for disaster, culminating within the club’s worst-ever Premier League campaign.

But as United move on under their latest, modern manager, Rangnick is predicted to enter the club’s hierarchy as a part-time consultant on a two-year contract. Nevertheless, his focus will currently be on the Austrian national team ahead of June’s Nations League games.

Following his recent appointment, there may be a way of scepticism about how big a job Rangnick will actually play at Old Trafford going forward. And when asked about his upcoming involvement within the first-team, Ten Hag didn’t appear to have much of an idea either.

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The Dutchman insisted that each one final decisions would undergo him and suggested that Rangnick is about to work with the club quite than with him directly. He said: “It’s a part of my evaluation. I analyse by myself, I observe, I speak to plenty of people, but finally, I’ll draw my very own line. That’s on the club [Rangnick’s consultancy].”

Ten Hag will work closely together with his assistants Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren, officially announced by United before Monday’s press conference. Rangnick is known to be ready to offer him a debrief of his experience with the present squad, but his primary purpose will involve helping the club make football decisions.

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Rangnick is yet to satisfy Ten Hag in person, despite the 52-year-old watching his side face Palace live from Selhurst Park on Sunday. Nevertheless, he has confirmed they’ve been in touch and can likely meet face-to-face imminently.

“We have been in touch via WhatsApp, and, hopefully, we’ll have the chance to satisfy and speak in person, either over the weekend or on Monday morning at the newest,” Rangnick explained. “I’m looking forward to speaking with him in person and attending to know him in person.”

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