Outgoing caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick is keen to hold a debriefing with new Man United manager Erik ten Hag to resolve the issues at Old Trafford… but the German has had no signal that club chiefs want a meeting to take place.
- Ralf Rangnick wants to meet Erik ten Hag once he takes over at Man United
- Rangnick wants to debrief him on the problems he faced at the club
- He hopes their conversation will help Ten Hag navigate Manchester United politics
Ralf Rannick wants to meet Erik ten Hag and give a full account of the problems he faced at Manchester United in a bid to help his successor navigate club politics – but has received no indication from the club that such meeting will take place.
United are focused on finishing the season next weekend and any encounter would have to wait until after their last game against Crystal Palace. But Rangnick was not part of the summit meeting in Amsterdam last week, which included director of football John Murtough, Steve McClaren, who is expected to join ten Hag at United, and ten Hag’s Ajax assistant, Mitchell van der Gaag , who will also be an assistant at Old Trafford.
Rangnick has been in contact with ten Hag through an intermediary, Lars Kornetka, who will be Rangnick’s second in the Austrian post, which he will take over next month. Kornetka worked with ten Hag at Bayern Munich in 2013-14 when the Dutchman was in charge of Bayern’s B team and Kornetka was video analyst and the pair remain close.
Ralf Rangnick wants to meet Erik ten Hag once he takes over at Manchester United
As such, it is possible that ten Hags will get a full glimpse into what has been a disastrous season at United, with dressing room politics having contributed to their worst Premier League season.
But the fact that no formal contact has yet taken place calls into question how seriously the club are taking the role of consultant to Rangnick, who runs until 2024 and was announced with great fanfare alongside his appointment in as interim manager last November.
Rangnick is understood to want to play a full role as a consultant and accepted the job in Austria in part because it doesn’t have the same demands of day-to-day management of the club and would allow him to be a significant presence at United.
Rangnick wants to debrief Erik ten Hag (above) on the problems he faced at the club
Rangnick hopes their conversation will help Ten Hag navigate Manchester United politics
But he was not involved in the appointment of ten Hag and has no previous relationship with him. Unless United’s hierarchy save the talks until the end of the season, it currently looks like his role will be minimal.
Despite Rangnick’s record of signing top young players for Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim and his recognized expertise in the field, he is yet to be part of those discussions with ten Hag.
Ten Hag is pushing for transfer targets to be finalized over the next two weeks and for decisions to be made on which players to sell and which to stay so the club can approach the summer transfer market well-prepared.
It is understood that Frenkie de Jong was not widely discussed at the Amsterdam summit meeting on Thursday. De Jong worked with ten Hags at Ajax but Barcelona want at least €100m for the defensive midfielder and United wouldn’t approve of paying that much.
However, Murtough and ten Hag discuss their summer plans and attempt to move them forward before he arrives at the club.