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Ralf Rangnick defended for progress at ‘problematic’ Man Utd; one player labeled ‘construction site’

Ralf Rangnick, Darren Fletcher, Chris Armas Man Utd v Brighton February 2022

Ralf Rangnick has been defended for his progress at Manchester United with one player labeled a “construction site”.

United’s interim manager hasn’t transformed them into world beaters since his arrival last November. But he has made them hard to beat in recent weeks. That might not be enough for the Red Devils hierarchy, though, with doubts over his future at the club coming to light.

Despite there being the intention of him moving into a consultancy role come the summer, it’s been claimed there is no formal contract in place.

Reports suggest there’s doubts about Rangnick suitability for the role. But his fellow countryman Stefan Effenburg believes he is not to blame for their current predicament.

The former Germany and Bayern Munich midfielder, who also has experience as a sporting director like the 63-year-old, instead feels past mistakes and a particular star are at fault.

He told Sport Buzzer: “One thing first: the fact that a global club that is so well positioned financially has not won an important title for years cannot be a coincidence.

“Mistakes have been made, wrong decisions have been taken.

“Despite all the problems and the great competition, the club’s and the fans’ self-image still includes going far in the Champions League and finishing at least in the top four in the league.

“This is not an easy task for Rangnick, who has to deal with many problems.

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“This (Cristiano Ronaldo) is another Rangnick construction site. For United fans, Ronaldo is untouchable for life because he has done incredible things for the club.

‘In purely sporting terms, for all the class that still exists, he is past his zenith.

“A goalkeeper or defender at 37 can perhaps still consistently deliver at that level. As a striker, that is much more difficult nowadays, almost impossible.”

Rangnick urged to pursue two signings

Rio Ferdinand, BT Sport pundit at West Ham's London Stadium

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Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand has named the two players he wants United to prioritise the signings of this summer if the club wants to challenge again for trophies.

It is United’s midfield that perhaps needs most attention. Rangnick quickly identified the area as the main weakness upon taking charge.

When asked if Aston Villa’s John McGinn and West Ham’s Declan Rice would be good options, Ferdinand made his feelings clear on his FIVE YouTube channel.

“Yeah, massively [be happy with the two signings],” he said.

“I think you’re getting two good characters. I think character is one of the main elements that we need. Obviously you look for a certain amount of class and quality in the players.

“But I think you need to build the right characters within this squad going forward if you’re going to improve. Get the culture right at the football club.”

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