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Rangnick ‘definitely not done’ as Man Utd pundit drops theory on manager situation with Chelsea claim

Ralf Rangnick during a Manchester United match

Ralf Rangnick will remove all doubt over his future as Manchester United manager if he wins the Champions League, one pundit has said.

The German tactician arrived at Old Trafford in November as interim manager following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exit. The 63-year-old has faced reports of criticism from players for his tactics and underwhelming impact.

However, Rio Ferdinand recently backed Rangnick with a statistic that, for the pundit, outlined the most important conclusion from the manager’s time so far at Old Trafford.

United’s patchy form this season has made a top-four Premier League finish the side’s top priority. However, they are still in the Champions League. Indeed, they took a 1-1 draw away from Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last 16 tie.

They therefore have a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals. While they are nevertheless not one of the favourites for European glory, former Man Utd striker Louis Saha has insisted that Rangnick can defy the odds.

In potentially winning the Champions League, Saha added that Rangnick would remove all doubt over his future.

United are looking for a new permanent manager, but Rangnick is not reportedly in the frame.

“It’s not definitely the case that Rangnick won’t be there in charge of United in the summer,” Saha told the Daily Mirror.

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“If Ralf wins the Champions League, he will remain there as manager. There is concern around him, yes, as he started really well and people thought about him staying, and now United are not playing so well.

“But it’s all about results for Rangnick. United can win the Champions League this season.”

Liverpool, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are all among the favourites to win the Champions League instead. But in backing Man Utd, Saha pointed to holders Chelsea, who he claimed did not look like winning it last season.

“Chelsea won it, they weren’t brilliant in the first half of last year and they won it,” the pundit added. “I don’t think their squad was so strong and they won it.

“They finally found a foundation that was difficult to beat. They weren’t brilliant going forward, but they still managed to win the Champions League.”

Man Utd, Rangnick have balancing act

Ralf Rangnick, Atletico Madrid v Man Utd February 2022

Despite Saha’s claims that Man Utd can win the Champions League, Rangnick has openly admitted that a top-four Premier League finish is his side’s top priority.

The Red Devils currently sit fourth, but eighth-placed Wolves only sit seven points behind.

And the month of March will prove crucial for United on their two remaining fronts.

They play Atletico Madrid in their return leg. They also face Manchester City and Tottenham in crunch Premier League clashes. A further tie with Liverpool awaits, but that will be re-arranged to accommodate the Reds’ FA Cup quarter-final.

As a result, Rangnick’s future hangs in the balance for now.

And Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino remains the top manager target.