Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has backtracked on his claim it could take the Red Devils six years to catch the highest teams within the Premier League and has now said they’re able to doing it inside a 12 months. Rangnick is about to maneuver right into a consultancy role at Old Trafford following the ultimate game of the season to make way for the arrival of latest manager Erik ten Hag.
“Yes, I strongly imagine that and I do know that from my very own experience,” Rangnick said when asked whether it was possible for United to show their fortunes around next season. “I developed teams from level 4 to Champions League and level three to Champions League.
“This is clearly different here because United are already within the Premier League and we’re a club with high expectations with an enormous tradition of being successful. But you possibly can only find what you wish when you know what you’re on the lookout for and that you must know that prematurely.
“This also depends upon how Erik desires to play. Should you saw Ajax or his under-23 team at Bayern Munich play then it’s pretty obvious how that can be. And for me it is also clear what sort of players he needs to assist him to achieve success.
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“Now we have to just accept they [Liverpool] are six years ahead of us now,” Rangnick said last month. “When Jurgen Klopp got here [to Liverpool in 2015] they modified on the club and lifted not only the team however the club and city to a recent level. That’s what must occur with us in the subsequent transfer windows.”
United chiefs imagine the glory days of yesteryear may be restored to Old Trafford relatively quickly – and Rangnick’s latest comments clearly paint a more rosy picture of how long it could take for Ten Hag to show the club around.