time in charge of the club draws to a close.
German coach Rangnick was appointed as United’s interim manager in November
after the sacking of club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Manchester United were eighth when Solskjaer departed but Rangnick has failed to
oversee a huge upturn in results or performance, with the Red Devils sixth in the
Premier League ahead of Sunday’s final game against Crystal Palace.
Under Rangnick, United have largely flattered to deceive in the Premier League and
suffered an embarrassing FA Cup defeat to Championship side Middlesbrough. They
were also knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by Atletico
Rangnick’s time in charge has generally been viewed as a failure and he was asked to
identify his ‘biggest disappointment’ at his final pre-match press conference on
‘Since Atletico, we just didn’t find our shape or form again,’ said the 63-year-old, who
is set to be replaced by Ajax’s Erik ten Hag.
‘Before then we had stabilized the team, become more stable defensively. But then we
lost confidence and energy.
‘It has got to do with confidence, team spirit and togetherness. This is my biggest
disappointment that we didn’t establish that team spirit.
‘I still strongly believe that there is a core of players here who are top, good enough
to play for this club.’
Going forward, Rangnick will juggle his commitments as manager of Austria with an
advisory role at Old Trafford and has outlined how he plans to support incoming boss
‘We spoke about that in detail,’ Rangnick said after confirming the pair had been in
contact this week. ‘We spoke about all the different areas where I could maybe be of
‘It’s not that difficult to know in which areas this could be. I think we showed that in
the last 15 years with Hoffenheim, Salzburg and Leipzig, even for clubs not as
prominent as Manchester United, it’s possible to identify, develop and even at one
stage sell players.
‘I know Manchester United is not a selling club but rather a developing and buying
club, but this is possible and this is what is most important, that the club finds
players for whom it is the next next logical step is in their career, to develop their
‘If that happens, I can be positive and I can hopefully be encouraging for our fans
that we will bring United back to the top.’
Ten Hag will be in attendance at Manchester United’s final game of the season as
Rangnick’s side attempt to secure Europa League football against Crystal Palace.
The Red Devils look set to take a depleted squad to Selhurst Park, however, with
Rangnick admits ‘quite a few players are missing.