Patrice Evra is unconvinced that interim manager Ralf Rangnick is the answer to Manchester United’s problems and the man to rescue their season.
Rangnick, 63, has penned a deal at Old Trafford until the end of the season. He replaces Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the United hotseat after Michael Carrick took the helm for a few weeks. Carrick has followed Solskjaer out of the club despite Rangnick trying to convince him to stay.
Rangnick was a left-field choice by the club’s board. He has enjoyed a couple of spells in charge of RB Leipzig as well as two stints at Schalke.
However, the veteran has never managed one of elite clubs of Europe. He has arrived with a ringing endorsement from the likes of Liverpool chief Jurgen Klopp.
But former United ace Evra seems confused as to what the hype is all about.
“[I’m] perplexed,” he told Amazon, per The Star. “We are talking more about Rangnick than what the players are doing on the pitch because we just sacked a manager but everyone seems so excited and, ‘Rangnick is going to be a genius’. He has my full support but let’s see.”
Evra non-plussed by Rangnick arrival
There was an outpouring of love for the departed Solskjaer during United’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Thursday. The players rallied round the Norwegian after their recent 4-1 humbling by Watford.
That was the result which ended the Champions League winner’s reign at the Theatre of Dreams. And Evra has made it clear he is not jumping for joy with the new man now at the wheel.
“I want the players to give a response on the pitch because when a manager has been sacked the players have to take some responsibility,” he added. “All the United fans are excited about Rangnick. I’m bemused. I can’t be excited when we sack a manager.
“I feel like every season is a deja vu. So, we’ll see. I’ve got hope, I will stay positive but no not excited.”
Rangnick spoke to the media on Friday. He set out his desires for the next six months and confessed that it was too good an opportunity to refuse.
“If a club like Man United contacts you for such a role, you cannot possibly turn it down,” he said. “The major target for me is just to bring more balance to the team.
“We conceded two goals yesterday and if you look at the total of number of goals conceded, it is on average of two a game. That is just too much.”