Outgoing interim boss Ralf Rangnick would like to hold a briefing with incoming Man United manager Erik ten Hag to get through the problems at Old Trafford … but the German had no signal that the club bosses wanted to meet.
- Ralf Rangnick wants to meet Erik ten Hag as soon as he takes the lead in Man United
- Rangnick wants to inform him about the problems he has encountered at the club
- He hopes their chat will help Ten Hag orient himself in politics at Manchester United
Ralf Rangnick he would like to meet with Erik the Hague and give him a complete overview of the problems he had encountered in Manchester United in trying to help his successor navigate the club – but he received no indication from the club that such a meeting would take place.
United will focus on finishing the season next weekend and any meeting will have to wait until after their last game against Crystal Palace. But Rangnick did not attend Amsterdam’s summit last week, which included football director John Murtough, Steve McClaren, who is likely to join the ten Hags in United, and Hag’s ten assistant, Ajax Mitchell van der Gaag, who will also be an assistant at Old Trafford.
Rangnick was in contact with that Hag through an intermediary, Lars Kornetka, who will be Rangnick’s number two at work in Austria, which he will join next month. Kornetka worked with ten Hag in Bayern Munich in 2013-14, when the Dutchman led the Bayern B team and Kornetka was a video analyst and the pair remained close.
Ralf Rangnick wants to meet Erik ten Hag as soon as he takes the lead in Manchester United
So there is a chance that the ten Hags will have a disastrous season in the United, with politics in the locker room apparently contributing to their worst season in the Premier League.
But the fact that no formal contact has yet taken place calls into question how seriously the club takes Rangnick’s advisory role, which lasts until 2024 and was announced with great fanfare, along with his appointment as interim manager last November.
Rangnick is interested in playing the full role of a consultant and has partly accepted the work of Austria because he does not have the same requirements as the day-to-day management of the club and would allow him to be a meaningful presence at United.
Rangnick wants to hear Erik the Hague (above) about the problems he has encountered at the club
Rangnick hopes their chat will help Ten Hag orient himself in Manchester United politics
But he was not involved in the appointment of the ten Hags and has no previous relationship with him. If the United hierarchy doesn’t keep talks until the end of the season, at present it looks like its role will be minimal.
Despite Rangnick’s record of the signing of leading young players for Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim, and his recognized expertise in the field, he has not yet participated in a discussion with the ten Hags.
Ten Hag advocates that the transfer goals be completed over the next two weeks and that decisions be made as to which players will be sold and who will remain so that the club can enter the summer transfer market well-prepared.
It is clear that Frenkie de Jong was not much discussed at the Amsterdam summit on Thursday. De Jong worked with a dozen Hags in Ajax, but Barcelona wants at least 100 million euros as a defensive midfielder, and United would not approve of paying that much.
However, Murtough and the Hag discuss their summer plans and try to postpone them before he joins the club.