Soccer-Saints' Hasenhuettl backs Rangnick to have big impact at Man Utd

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Bundesliga - RB Leipzig vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany - April 21, 2018 RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl before the match REUTERS/Matthias Rietschel

(Reuters) - Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl believes Manchester United's new interim manager Ralf Rangnick will leave no stone unturned to help the club and said on Monday that the German can have a massive impact in his short spell of six months.

United named Rangnick, 63, as interim boss until the end of the season after they sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this month with the club eighth in the standings. He will then continue in a consultancy role for two more years.

"I know him well. We had two successful years at RB Leipzig. He was a sporting director and I took over (as coach) after he promoted the team in the Bundesliga," Hasenhuettl told reporters ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash against Leicester City.

"I know how he is and how he works, he's a hard worker. He needs a very good team around him and then he will turn every stone around there, for sure, because he doesn't want any weakness in any part of his club.

"Half a year isn't so long to turn things around, to be honest. But especially in the beginning, he'll have a big impact at the club. I messaged to congratulate him, it's been his dream to be in the Premier League and now it's becoming real."

Southampton are 15th in the table with 14 points from 13 games and are looking to avoid a third straight league defeat following a 2-1 loss to Norwich City and a 4-0 hammering by Liverpool.

"The clean sheets we had in the beginning of the season... the last two games we conceded too easy," Hasenhuettl said.

"This is a reset button to be pushed. To go back to what made us strong when we were unbeaten in four, especially in the next games coming up. It's important that we have a stable defence."

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Rohith Nair)

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