Ralf Rangnick just got a lot more important to Man Utd after Richard Arnold makes big call

Rangnick insists Man Utd players are adapting to his methodsx

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Ralf Rangnick is set to become much more important to Manchester United following a call made by incoming CEO Richard Arnold, according to reports. The Red Devils’ interim head coach has endured a tough start at Old Trafford but is still expected to take up a role within the club’s hierarchy at the end of the season. 

Rangnick replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a temporary basis at the end of November but his spell has not exactly been plain-sailing.  

A couple of unconvincing displays in narrow victories over Crystal Palace and Norwich were not enough to convince that United had turned a corner following Solskjaer’s departure.  

Further trouble was evidenced when Rangnick’s side limped to a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Newcastle before the German finally tasted his first defeat.  

Wolves earned their first win at Old Trafford in over 41 years last week. It came following United’s only dominant performance under Rangnick in the 3-1 win over Burnley. 

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A caveat to the underwhelming displays is that a COVID-19 outbreak swept through the United squad during December. However, there have still been rumours of player discontent, with stars reportedly unhappy over Rangnick’s methods.  

The former RB Leipzig tactician is still expected to take on a consultancy role at the end of the season despite not enjoying an overly positive start.  

And his brief might be more important than expected, as per reports. According to the Independent’s Reading The Game newsletter, new CEO Arnold will be less hands on with the football side of the club’s operations than predecessor Ed Woodward.  

The controversial Woodward is stepping down from his role as executive vice-chairman in February and will be replaced by current managing director Arnold – who takes on a new title of CEO. 

That could apparently give Rangnick an important job even when he moves on from coaching the team.  

The 63-year-old is expected to advise on football matters, assisting technical director Darren Fletcher and football director John Murtough. 

With those three overseeing the football side of the club and Arnold focusing on business, there will likely be better structure to the United hierarchy.  

But first, Rangnick must first resolve the key issues facing the first team. He has insisted that his players are fully on board with his ideas, contrary to reports.  

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“They’re at least trying, I’m sure they are listening, and we showed that in the last games against Palace, Burnley, and parts against Norwich and Newcastle they are trying to follow the advice I give them,” he said on Friday. 

“We concede fewer goals than before, an average of 1.7 per game that we have conceded so far – 0.6 in those games.  

“Yes, still, it’s about balance. We need to find the best possible balance between offence and defence, and this is something we have to get better at. 

“All the players were disappointed and frustrated, like myself. In the first-half we didn’t get hold of the build-up of Wolves, second-half was better, we didn’t score, we conceded 10 mins from time.  

“It’s a question of balance, offence and defence. Offensively, we have quality, but we have to show the best possible balance.”

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