Interim coach Ralf Rangnick is obviously dissatisfied with the situation in Manchester.Image: PA Wire / Mike Egerton
Ralf Rangnick took over the first team from Manchester United on an interim basis in December last year. The hope: With the German as a coach, at least the qualification for the Champions League should succeed.
ManUnited misses the Champions League, Rangnick misses his million bonus
The Red Devils have clearly failed to achieve that goal since last weekend’s 4-0 defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion. Cristiano Ronaldo’s team is currently in sixth place, but has already played one (sometimes two) more games than the competition. Ultimately, Manchester could even slip down to the UEFA Conference League.
Not only does the club lose revenue by missing out on the premier class, the coach also has to forego his bonus: As the “Picture” reported, Rangnick should have received 1.1 million euros if he qualified for the premier class.
Rangnick himself will not be taking part in the upcoming European Cup anyway: The 63-year-old has already signed a contract as Austria’s national coach and will only experience the upheaval in the summer as an external consultant. Not everyone in the club seems to be sad about his departure either.
Rangnick is publicly critical, Rio Ferdinand is angry
Rangnick had repeatedly expressed criticism of the situation in Manchester in recent months. According to The Mirror, Rangnick was shocked by the lack of professionalism on the training ground, with players describing them as “selfish, pompous, of poor quality and too powerful”. He is said to have advised sports director John Murtough and managing director Richard Arnold to make a radical change.
The fact that he not only expresses his criticism internally, but also does not hold back in public, does not go down well with some ManUnited fans. For example, at the press conference ahead of the Brighton game, he complained that he would have liked to sign Luis Díaz from Liverpool FC and Dušan Vlahović from Juventus in the winter, but the club’s management were not interested.
Rio Ferdinand in his role as a TV pundit on BT Sports.Image: newscom / Darren Staples
That, in turn, was not well received by TV expert and ManUnited legend Rio Ferdinand: “I do not agree that he washes the dirty laundry in public.”
On his Twitch channel, he accused Rangnick of disrespecting his colleagues at the club. “I’ll be honest, if I were the club I wouldn’t allow them to hold another press conference,” concluded the six-time English champions.