Ralf Rangnick, a seasoned German coach, is expected to be named interim manager of Manchester United.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the former RB Leipzig and Schalke manager has agreed to take over the reins at Old Trafford on a six-month deal before moving into a two-year advisory post at the club. The 63-year-old is also thought to have been given a post at United for next season.

Rangnick, who has not managed since leaving Leipzig in 2019, is said to have turned down an initial contract offer from the Reds but opted to take the job after new terms were presented.

Mauricio Pochettino, the head coach of Paris Saint-Germain, is United’s prime target to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a long-term basis, but PSG rejected United’s first offer earlier this week.

United may, though, put PSG’s determination to the test again next summer. Rangnick, on the other hand, will now be the center of attention as he attempts to reverse United’s recent woes.

With so many problems and roadblocks to overcome, MEN Sport has identified four areas where the German must improve as quickly as feasible.

Put in place a well-defined system and a winning formula.

Following a 5-0 loss to Liverpool, former United manager Solskjaer decided to transition to a back-three, beginning with a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Although it worked in north London, albeit against a mediocre and lethargic Spurs side, United quickly started leaking goals again, surrendering four goals in a row against Atalanta and Manchester City before the international break.

Last Saturday, United fielded a more familiar-looking back-four against Watford, but they conceded four goals. It’s worth noting, though, that they were down to 10 men when Watford scored their third and fourth goals of the game.

Michael Carrick, the caretaker manager, started a back-four against Villarreal on Tuesday evening and led United to a clean sheet, despite having to rely on goalkeeper David de Gea on multiple occasions.

Rangnick has tended to play with a back-four for the duration of his managerial career, whether in a 4-4-2, a 4-4-2 diamond, or a 4-3-3, and it is quite likely that he will do so at Old Trafford. A 4-3-3, on the other hand, appears to be more likely than a 4-4-2, with United’s midfield choices plentiful.

Rangnick is known for pushing his full-backs high up the pitch, allowing the wingers to move inside and get closer to the lone striker in the center. United might become considerably more aggressive up forward as a result, displaying the ruthlessness that has been missing in recent weeks.

Fix your defensive issues.

Given what Rangnick has done throughout his career, implementing a back-four system appears to be a foregone conclusion. He’s used a flat back-four with two natural full-backs and two centre-backs the majority of the time.

Despite the fact that Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, and Luke Shaw’s form has been questioned in recent weeks, working under a new manager could be just what they need, with all three of them set to be regular starters among United’s reserve options.

Wan-Bissaka and Shaw will almost certainly be asked to burst forward as much as possible and assist the attacking players, but their first focus must be on defense. United has been allowing far too many goals recently, with 19 goals conceded in their last eight games across all competitions.

Raphael Varane’s return from injury will significantly boost United’s defensive prospects, but Rangnick will be expecting for immediate results with or without him.

Rangnick will be seeking to improve United’s defensive foundations, which they haven’t done in previous weeks.

Re-establish Old Trafford as a fortress.

It wasn’t long ago that Old Trafford was regarded as the Premier League’s most tough and daunting venue to visit. Players from the opposing team would frequently tremble as they stepped off the bus, fearful of what a United team with 75,000 fans could do to them.

That hasn’t been the case recently, with United failing to win any of their last four league home games, losing three. Aston Villa got all three points from them, Everton drew a point from them, and they were thrashed by both Liverpool and City, albeit in different circumstances as the scoreline revealed.

United must re-establish Old Trafford as a fortress. It has to be a place where opponents are afraid to visit. Everything has recently become far too simple.

Rangnick will be under pressure from the start, with United’s next three league home games against Arsenal, Crystal Palace, and Brighton & Hove Albion – three teams currently in and around them in the table. Despite the fact that they will be difficult tests, United should aim for maximum points in each of them with the personnel they have.

The Reds have the 13th best home record in the Premier League this season, with only two teams conceding more goals on their own turf. It is insufficient for a club of its size. Rangnick needs to deal with this as soon as possible.

Re-establish Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring record.

Although Ronaldo remains United’s hero in the Champions League, as evidenced by his goal in Tuesday’s triumph against Villarreal, his goals in the Premier League have suddenly dried up.

The Portuguese international has only scored once in his last seven league games, and will face Chelsea on Sunday. It’s unheard of by his standards.

While a lot of it is due to a lack of opportunities being created for him, United cannot afford to let this streak continue for too long, or else fingers will be pointed from outside the United circle.

While some pundits have suggested that Ronaldo is to blame for United’s recent woes, he has already saved the Reds on multiple occasions this season, not least in the Champions League.

Ronaldo has demonstrated during his illustrious career that he can turn a game around in the blink of an eye. However, he will be concerned about his recent goal drought in the Premier League.

Rangnick may have another quick assignment before of him, though much will rely on how he can encourage United to play behind their No.7 and move the ball into the final third, where Ronaldo can do his typical damage.

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  1. […] Ralf Rangnick will have seen this match as he prepares to take over as Manchester United’s interim manager and pondered what he would inherit. At the very least, in a game they were expected to lose, the team showed some fight. A draw against the league leaders is undoubtedly commendable, and a huge improvement over the mess against Watford that led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal. […]

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