Soccer-Rangnick cautions against overnight transformation at Man Utd

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Arsenal - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - December 2, 2021 Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is seen inside the stadium during the match REUTERS/Phil Noble

(Reuters) - Manchester United's interim manager Ralf Rangnick tempered expectations he could implement his high-energy, aggressive style of play instantly, saying it would take time for the team to become "pressing monsters".

Rangnick was appointed on Monday on a contract until the end of the season after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will work in a consultancy role for a further two years.

The 63-year-old German is a proponent of 'gegenpressing' -- a style of football in which teams press high and use counter-pressing to win the ball back as soon as possible, rather than falling back to regroup.

"You have to be aware what kind of players you have and where they stand... They are experienced and smart enough to know that. I cannot turn the players we have into the pressing monsters I want them to be within two, three or four weeks," Rangnick told British media.

"My football is definitely not a slow waltz! I am not that far apart from (Liverpool manager) Juergen Klopp in terms of our ideas about a style of football, that's no secret.

"This is the biggest club I have worked for, the biggest club in the world... The important thing is to celebrate the DNA this club still has, but to also implement it into the transformation to modern football."

Rangnick will take charge of United, seventh in the Premier League, for the first time on Sunday when Crystal Palace visit Old Trafford.

(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Football

Soccer-Liverpool's Salah out to avenge 2018 final loss against Real Madrid
Soccer-Melbourne looking for success that money can't buy, says coach Kisnorbo
Soccer-Maradona tribute plane unveiled in Argentina
Soccer-Cup final defeat is bitter disappointment for Feyenoord
Soccer-'It is truly special' - emotional Mourinho revels in more European glory
Soccer-Zaniolo goal earns Roma first Europa Conference League title
Soccer-Mkhitaryan fit to start for Roma as Mourinho eyes unique trophy haul
Soccer-Kompany ends managerial role with Anderlecht
Soccer-AC Milan's Pioli gets Serie A winners' medal back
Soccer-'No better way to say goodbye than Scudetto': Kessie to leave AC Milan

Others Also Read