Ralf Rangnick has cited Manchester United’s top-four rivals Arsenal as a prime example of how a club must approach recruitment to build a Champions League challenge
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Ralf Rangnick has told Manchester United they need to get their recruitment and philosophy right if they want any chance of getting back to the top.
United have nine games left to secure fourth place Champions League Football for next season, starting today against leicester at Old Trafford. With United from the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, Rangnick admitted they need to sign the right players and recruit the right boss this summer to get back on track.
And United’s interim boss pointed it out arsenal, currently fourth, as an example of how to properly rebuild a side after several years of turbulence and without Champions League football. “In the end it’s about recruiting the right players, signing the right players at the right time and not signing the wrong players at the wrong time,” said Rangnick.
“It’s pretty simple in football, it’s about a recruitment process. What kind of players do we really need for what kind of football? what do we stand for And then the best possible manager to match. It would be better, both financially and in terms of sport, to finish fourth.
“Everyone wants to play in the Champions League every year, but other clubs have had that experience too. If you look at Arsenal for example, they haven’t played in the Champions League for a couple of years and they drew the right conclusions for the club and it’s possible.
United are interviewing candidates for the permanent manager post, with Ajax manager Erik ten Hag and Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino already being sounded out. Former United boss Louis van Gaal advised fellow Dutchman Ten Hag to avoid the job at United if offered it, referring to it as a “trading club” rather than a “football club” due to his bitter experience.
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Rangnick replied succinctly: “Louis himself is an experienced coach and signed a contract here a few years ago. He could have known that beforehand if he had thought so. It’s always good to have cash to hand to sign players, but the question is – are you signing the right players?
“It’s not just a question of money, it’s also a question of what the idea is? What philosophy? And how do you want to play? So it’s not just a question of money. It’s a great club for me and if the club draws the right conclusions from the last few years – yes, the last couple of years haven’t been as good as expected – but if they draw the right conclusions then I still see one very bright future for this club.”
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