Ralf Rangnick reveals he’s never met Erik ten Hag but gave this verdict on the new Man Utd manager

The interim Manchester United boss shared his thoughts on the man who will replace him this summer.
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Ralf Rangnick has said he feels Erik ten Hag is a ‘good choice’ to replace him as Manchester United manager, but revealed he didn’t play a huge role in the hiring process.

The German, who is currently United’s interim boss, is set to step aside in the summer and take up a consultancy role with the club.

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It was announced on Thursday that the man who will take over management of the team is ten Hag, and Rangnick was asked about that appointment in Friday’s pre-match press conference, ahead of the trip to Arenal.

Ten Hag was named United’s new manager on Thursday. Credit: Getty.Ten Hag was named United’s new manager on Thursday. Credit: Getty.
Ten Hag was named United’s new manager on Thursday. Credit: Getty.

“We don’t know each other in person, we haven’t met in person yet. But, from what I have seen him doing, both at Bayern Munich when he was the Under-23 coach and at Ajax now, I like his football,” the 62-year-old explained.

“I’m pretty positive with a full pre-season, with having the chance to build and mould his own staff, also a new team, which is obvious, we will have a new team, with a full pre-season, I am pretty sure that we will see a different team and improvement on the pitch.”

Ralf Rangnick had little involvement in the decision to hire Erik ten Hag. Credit: Getty.Ralf Rangnick had little involvement in the decision to hire Erik ten Hag. Credit: Getty.
Ralf Rangnick had little involvement in the decision to hire Erik ten Hag. Credit: Getty.

Quizzed on what role he played in the appointment of ten Hag, Rangnick admitted he had little input, and has not discussed plans for next season with the Dutchman.

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“I knew that Erik was one of the candidates the board spoke to,” said the former RB Leipzig coach. “Obviously I told them, from what I had seen and known from people who had worked with Erik, that I think he would be a good choice.

“I still believe that he is a very good choice and, all the other things, we so far haven’t had time to speak about.”

United travel to Arsenal on Saturday for a 12:30pm kick-off, and are currently three points behind the Gunners in the race for the top four.

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