Patrice Evra admits he is ‘PERPLEXED’ by the reaction to the appointment of Ralf Rangnick…while Alan Shearer questions how the German will get the best out of Manchester United’s superstar players
- Ralf Rangnick has taken up the role as Manchester United’s interim manager
- There has been a lot of excitement over the German’s style of play
- Patrice Evra says he is ‘perplexed’ by the reaction to Rangnick’s appointment
- The former United star says there should be more focus on the players
There has been a lot of excitement surrounding Ralf Rangnick’s appointment at Manchester United, though former star Patrice Evra has admitted he’s ‘perplexed’ by the reaction to the German.
Rangnick has been appointed as interim manager until the end of the current campaign before he then takes up a consultancy role for the following two seasons.
The 63-year-old is well known for his high intensity pressing style of play but Evra believes that is already in the club’s DNA.
Ralf Rangnick will be interim manager until the end of the season before taking on a consultancy role for the following two years
Patrice Evra has admitted he has been ‘perplexed’ by the reaction of Rangnick’s appointment
Ahead of United’s clash with Arsenal, when asked to give his reaction to Rangnick’s appointment he said on Amazon Prime: ‘Perplexed.
‘I think we’re talking more about Rangnick than what the players are doing on the pitch because we 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. 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. All the United fans are excited about Rangnick.’
Co-pundit Alan Shearer said he felt the German got the role because of his experience as he said the prior regime including previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were learning on the job.
Fellow pundit Alan Shearer has questioned whether Rangnick will get the best of United’s star players
He said: ‘How is he (Rangnick) gonna get the best of that talent (players at United).
‘That talent has been disjointed over past couple of months and it is a messy situation.
‘There’s a lot of people in this football club who have been learning on the job. Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer), Kieran McKenna, Michael Carrick, (Darren) Fletcher in terms of the director of football and it’s a messy situation he is walking to.
‘One of the reasons they’re going for is huge experience. The German coaches have nothing but positive things to say about him but we’re about to find how good he is.
‘He’s never managed a pool of talent to what he’s talking into here in terms of the individuals.’
Rangnick is known for a high-pressing style – something which Cristiano Ronaldo has never been known for during his career.
Rangnick is known for his high intensity pressing style which is not something Cristiano Ronaldo is known for
Thierry Henry believes that this is something that Rangnick will have to discuss with the Portuguese superstar upon his arrival at the club.
The Arsenal legend said: ‘Now it’s gonna have to be a discussion between Rangnick and him. Because that’s not the part of the game he likes the most and Rangnick is part of the game he likes the most pressing and counter pressing.
‘So they’re going to need a discussion and who’s going to have to give up a little of what they like to do.
‘And egos are going to have to be put on the side at one point for the good of this club that’s the most important thing. It shouldn’t be a Ronaldo thing or a Rangnick thing, they need to find a way to pull this club forward.’
Former Manchester United star Teddy Sheringham described Rangnick’s appointment as ‘absurd’ and claimed that players would ‘get petty’ under the interim boss.
Asked about Sheringham’s comments, Evra said: (His comments are) Maybe too strong but like I say we keep talking about Rangnick and his philosophy in play and pressing but this is already normally the United DNA.
‘We are a team running the full game with that work ethic so we just need a guy to say let’s play the United way and like Thierry says the manager will have an important role in the situation with Cristiano.
‘Because I remember with Sir Alex (Ferguson) when Robin Van Persie came from Arsenal and he was always injured.
‘So he tells us Robin won’t train with us like every single day but he’ll win the league for us.
‘So I don’t get the debate of Ronaldo not pressing. He never did that in his career. I want Cristiano to score goals.’
Manchester United started with an attacking line-up consisting of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes.
Shearer said he wouldn’t be surprised if Rangnick had some input into the team, but claimed that United and Arsenal are both a million miles away from Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Shearer said: ‘It’s a very attacking line-up we have seen pictures of Rangnick in the stadium so I would be surprised if he hasn’t spoken to Michael and had some sort of input into the team.
‘It is attacking, we saw them sit back and surrender possession at the weekend I don’t expect that tonight with those front players. They have to go for it and win it tonight.’
He added: ‘These two clubs are a million miles away from the top three so both clubs can compete for that fourth place. Important for both teams to make that statement tonight.