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Pundit says he would be ‘shocked’ if Ralf Rangnick plan was executed at Manchester United

Ralf Rangnick Man Utd February 2022

Paul Merson says Ralf Rangnick may not even step “upstairs” this summer and has no chance of being in charge of Manchester United next season.

The German boss has been appointed as interim manager on a deal until the end of the season. The 63-year-old will then move into the background at Old Trafford in a two-year consultancy role. Suggestions have been made that Rangnick may even be offered the United manager’s job on a full-time basis.

But Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton failed to move United into the top four. They face a battle with as many as five other teams to secure fourth place with West Ham, Arsenal and Spurs all well placed.

And Merson is unconvinced there has been any improvement in a United side, who have struggled for fluidity this season.

Merson was asked whether Rangnick would be in charge next season, he told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday: “100 per cent not, definitely not. I don’t think so. I’ve got a better chance of being in charge, that’s how far the step is.

“I read something that they have improved, but I do not see that.”

Jeff Stelling then put to Merson that under Rangnick, ahead of the draw with Southampton, they had taken 18 points from nine games – the equivalent of two points a game. While under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer they collected 21 points from 14 games.

“Depends on the games and who they were playing against,” said Merson. “I don’t see the happiness there, I hear so much coming out of Man Utd, which is just extraordinary for me. It never happened before.”

In Rangnick’s first press conference, he said he may well be open to a longer term arrangement.

“The people who I have spoken with, so far, have been very clear that we are talking about a six-month role as manager currently.  We have never spoken about anything after that in the summer,” Rangnick said in December.

“I am, of course, fully aware they are looking for a new manager. Maybe if they ask me, we will see.

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“Maybe, if they ask me my opinion as you said and everything goes well and I help develop the team. I might make the same recommendation as I did at Leipzig twice and say to them for me to stay on and continue working with me!”

Merson though thinks he might not even be asked to proceed with his consultants role.

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Merson: United a million miles off under Rangnick

“I don’t see him (Rangnick) being there and the way it is going at the moment if they don’t get in the top four I would be shocked if he went upstairs,” said Merson.


“It’s the deal, I know that’s the deal, but it’s not a good thing and I think it needs to be nipped in the bud at Man Utd. I can’t believe what they are doing.

“Waiting for next season to bring a new manager in? There’s a lot of work to be done at Man Utd. This is not just bring a new manager in and let’s go next season.

“They are a million miles off and things have to change very quickly. I would have had someone in as soon as possible. You pay £70m/£80m for footballer players and some of them don’t play.

“Why wouldn’t you break the bank for managers? If you need to get a manager out of a club. In my opinion they are a must, great teams have great managers.”

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