Ralf Rangnick wants to improve Manchester United’s defence after they barely managed to win 3-2 home against Arsenal (football news). The interim German manager said on Friday that he was aiming to “balance” United by strengthening the club’s leaky defence.
Manchester United won 3-2 over Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Thursday. And though caretaker boss Michael Carrick still oversaw the United squad, soon-to-be interim manager Ralf Rangnick watched from the stands.
In fact, after the match, the 63-year-old German gave his first press conference since his appointment as United’s interim manager.
Ralf Rangnick Wants to Improve Manchester United’s Defence
Rangnick will see the Red Devils out for the 2021-22 campaign, only in charge until the end of the season.
“We are talking about six-and-a-half months, one third of the games, and we have agreed on a two-year advisory deal. If Manchester United contacts you for such a role you cannot turn it down,” said Rangnick.
“This is one of the biggest clubs, if not the biggest club, in the world. I am excited to work with the players we have here.
“I have watched the latest games, Watford, Chelsea, Arsenal, and I also watched on TV the games against Liverpool and Manchester City.”
Rangnick then talked about his goals and focus with United: “I am well acquainted. It’s pretty obvious the team has an abundance of young, talented players and experienced players. The major target for me is to bring more balance into the team.
“Even yesterday (Thursday) we conceded two and needed three to win. We concede on average two a game and this is too much.
“I want to bring more balance and more control. Yesterday’s game, for me as the future coach, they are not the games you need. I will try and bring these outstanding, talented players away from their own goal.”
As for the possibility he might join United on a permanent basis, Rangnick said: “If we do well and we stabilise, I might even recommend that we keep working with me. This is all hypothetical, we cannot speak about that.”
Rangnick also added that he had tried to persuade former United midfielder Michael Carrick to stay at Old Trafford.
“I had a conversation with Michael for more than an hour and tried to convince him, but he needed a break and I understand his decision,” he said.
The caretaker manager nonetheless announced his departure from the club after Thursday’s victory (news of official football transfers).