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Pundit slams ‘disaster’ Ralf Rangnick and claims departed Man Utd coach smacked of arrogance

Man Utd interim boss Ralf Rangnick

Jamie O’Hara has branded Ralf Rangnick a “disaster” amid his Manchester United exit without taking up his consultancy role.

United turned to the German in November as their interim manager following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He had also signed up to a role advising the Old Trafford club for after his spell in the dugout.

Doubt over the exact nature of the work lingered throughout Rangnick’s tenure as manager. Furthermore, speculation over how his new role as Austria’s national manager would affect proceedings added to that.

And on Sunday, Man Utd confirmed that Rangnick would indeed not be fulfilling his role working alongside club chiefs.

According to pundit O’Hara, the news rubberstamped a disappointing end to what was a bizarre chapter in United’s history.

In fact, O’Hara banded the whole situation an “absolute joke”. The former Tottenham man also slammed the 63-year-old for not living up to his coaching credentials at Old Trafford.

“Who appointed him in the first place? Who brought him in?” O’Hara told talkSPORT.

“Then the fact he comes over here and he’s the ‘professor’ of the game, that’s what winds me up the most, we have to deal with people coming over and thinking they know better than the people over here.

“We’ve got the best league in the world, we’ve got the best managers in the world and the best coaches in the world.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel have both hailed Rangnick’s past influence. However, he also helped put RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg on the map as a sporting director.

Still, Rangnick could not inspire a turnaround in fortunes for Man Utd. The Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League with their worst points total in the division’s history.

Rangnick slammed at Man Utd

Man Utd interim boss Ralf Rangnick

“Then Ralf comes over and starts trying to tell us the philosophy of how a team should be run and how it should be played,” O’Hara added.

“That’s what annoyed me most and people saw through him instantly, the players did, the fans did, pundits and journalists saw right through him, saw that he was a joke and it just went from bad to worse.

“It was a disaster. Who’s making these appointments is the people you’ve got to be pointing the finger at because it’s been a joke from start to finish.”

United have now turned to former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag as the man they hope can turn their fortunes around.

United have fresh foundations

The Dutchman has refreshed United’s coaching staff and is now working with Mitchell van der Gaag, his assistant at Ajax.

Furthermore, Steve McClaren is back at Old Trafford after his spell as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant.

McClaren and Ten Hag worked together at FC Twente and impressed, before going their separate ways.

Ten Hag, McClaren and United football director John Murtough met recently to discuss summer transfer plans.

Following the chaos of Rangnick‘s short-term reign, Man Utd hope the new foundations under Ten Hag will serve them better.