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Rangnick backs Ten Hag to put stamp on Man Utd squad as timeline for talks set

Incoming Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag

Ralf Rangnick has revealed that his talks with incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will only commence after the conclusion of the current season.

Ten Hag has the task of succeeding Ralf Rangnick in the Manchester United dugout this summer. Rangnick has been seeing out the season on an interim basis before a permanent appointment. The club recently confirmed Ten Hag will take the reins.

He will leave Ajax to attain his first experience of Premier League management. Rangnick, meanwhile, will remain a consultant to the club while taking up a new role with the Austria national team.

For Ten Hag, a big task is ahead. Manchester United have all but mathematically missed out on Champions League football for next season. There will be several changes to their squad within a rebuild for the seasons ahead under the Dutchman.

Rangnick will be on hand to advise him, but has confirmed they have not spoken yet. Indeed, that will have to wait until both coaches conclude their current commitments.

Rangnick told a press conference: “We will definitely speak at the end of the season.

“Both Erik and myself want to have our full focus on the outstanding games. He has three to play and will do everything to win the title in the Netherlands.

“We have agreed we will have a chat and speak about everything at the end of the season.”

Ajax are currently four points clear of PSV at the top of the Eredivisie with four games to go. Ten Hag won the title with them last season and is hoping to retain it to go out on a high note there.

Rangnick wants major Ten Hag input

He will inherit a different kind of challenge when he arrives in Manchester. Rangnick knows what the incoming boss needs to prepare for and wants Ten Hag to have a big say over which players are part of his project.

Rangnick said: “In regard to next season, there will be some changes with quite a few players’ contracts expiring.

“New players who join us here and players with long-term contracts, it’s something that needs to be discussed with the board.

“Erik needs to say which players he wants to work with. I’m positive with the players who are here and new players the pathway could be a positive one and that is what we are trying to achieve.”

The penultimate match of Rangnick’s Man Utd tenure will be away at Brighton on Saturday evening.

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