Martin Keown questions Ralf Rangnick’s impact at Manchester United
Martin Keown questions Ralf Rangnick’s future at Man United, accusing the caretaker boss of ‘not toeing the company line’… with Rio Ferdinand claiming the German is trying to ‘shake himself’ of blame for the struggles of the Red Devils
- Ralf Rangnick was named interim Man United boss at the end of November
- The team’s results have not improved on the pitch since his arrival
- He also didn’t seem to have much say in replacing Erik ten Hag
- Martin Keown hinted Rangnick may not have a future role at United
- Rio Ferdinand thinks Rangnick is starting to blame United’s problems
Martin Keown has questioned the impact Ralf Rangnick has had since joining Manchester United.
Having been handed the interim manager job in November, Rangnick has struggled to turn the team’s situation around on the pitch and appears to have a strained relationship with technical director Darren Fletcher as he is unhappy that the former midfielder of United gives instructions to players from the bench.
With Erik ten Hag taking over from Rangnick this summer, Keown is unsure where the German fits into United’s future plans as a consultant, having apparently played a minimal role in appointing his successor in the dugout.
Ralf Rangnick hasn’t been able to turn Man United around since joining the club
Rangnick is set to be replaced by Erik ten Hag in the Old Trafford dugout this summer
“Recruitment has to be linked to the new manager,” Keown told BT Sport.
“You look at Rangnick in all of this, I don’t think he was part of that job offer. He didn’t even speak to her [ten Hag].
‘Rangnick passed out a bit. He did not follow the company’s line of conduct. Some things I hear him say about Darren Fletcher, what does he do at the club?
“There doesn’t seem to be the kind of continuity that I would expect. So how do you do that overnight with a new manager walking through the door?”
Martin Keown not convinced Rangnick has a future at Man United as a consultant
Rio Ferdinand suggested Rangnick doesn’t take responsibility for United’s problems
Meanwhile, former United defender Rio Ferdinand has praised Rangnick for being brutally honest about his side’s current issues. Rangnick claimed earlier this week that the Red Devils may need to make as many as 10 signings this summer to significantly improve their squad.
Yet Ferdinand also feared the 63-year-old would try to shift the blame after a disappointing tenure.
Ferdinand added: “He played his part. On the one hand he was honest, which was refreshing to see.
“But on the same point, it goes to the point, does he relieve himself to have his fingerprints over such a period where the number of wins you expect from them has not materialized?”