After the club sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United have now turned their attention to 63-year-old Ralf Rangnick, the man who has been hyped to have revolutionized the modern game of football.
Ralf Rangnick is considered to have revolutionized the modern game of football, inspiring and mentoring Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich coach, Julian Nagelsmann.
Rangnick has been referred to as the ‘godfather of gegenpress’; a popular modern style of play that involves players pressing the opposition high up the field and amongst the managers he mentored, Klopp has been one of the most successful with this style of play.
Who Is Ralf Rangnick?
Ralf Rangnick started as a player-coach in the 1980s in Germany before becoming the head coach of Stuttgart under-19s. He then led them to a U19 Bundesliga title win in 1991 and worked his way through to the top.
After leaving Stuttgart under-19s, Rangnick worked his way up the ranks with other German clubs in the lower division, before earning a position at the senior side of Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga.
In the early 2000s, after leaving Stuttgart, Rangnick won promotion to the Bundesliga with Hannover. He was named the head coach of Schalke, leading them to the 2005 DFB-Pokal final and second place in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich.
After a further stint at Hoffenheim and a return to Schalke, guiding them to the Champions League semifinals in 2011 where they lost to Manchester United, the German was named director of football operations at Red Bull for their European clubs in Leipzig and Salzburg.
During that time, Ralf Rangnick managed Leipzig during two stints (2015-16 and 2018-19), transforming them into a top-four Bundesliga side and also a UEFA Champions League regular.
The German has most recently been working with Russian Premier League side Lokomotiv Moscow as their head of development. Now he’s set to become Manchester United’s new interim manager for six months, with reports of a two-year consultancy role in the future.