Manchester United have endured a miserable season that saw Ralf Rangnick unable to turn things around after provisionally replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November
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On the way to the game against Chelsea On Thursday, Rangnick has won just 10 of his 25 games for United since taking charge Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November. Rangnick’s tenure was a major disappointment as the German failed to implement his quick pressing tactics.
Under his leadership, United crashed out of the FA Cup in the fourth round against Middlesbrough and were eliminated Champions League in the Round of 16 of Atletico Madrid. You are sixth in the First League and face the very real possibility of missing out on the Champions League next season if Erik ten Hag will be in charge.
Despite signature Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in the summer, United are certain to end their fifth straight season without silverware. It’s a situation that would have been unthinkable during Keane’s time as a player at the club and the former midfielder has given an honest assessment of their plight.
“Obviously if you don’t show up and you don’t perform you will be criticized but you would rather have the pressure of playing for Manchester United than a team at the bottom of the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports coverage of the Chelsea game. “But we’ve heard all this stuff before with the interviews from the players, it’s like a broken record.
“Even Manchester United’s starting XI isn’t a good team, it’s not good enough to play at the top technically, certainly the biggest disappointment in recent months has been their mentality.”
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Ten Hag will take the reins at Old Trafford in July after retiring from Ajax. The Dutchman will come to Manchester with a reputation for playing attractive, progressive football, focused on young players but with a huge rebuilding job ahead of him.
Keane endorses the appointment, which saw Ten Hag beat the role of Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino. “I think it’s a good appointment, with all the speculation that has been at stake for the past few months, and I think the club will be happy to finalize the deal,” he said.
“He can start looking at the club, albeit from the background because he doesn’t start until July. He has a solid CV and reputation but the proof is in the pudding and we’ll see how he is when he’s in the job and if he can get Manchester United back to where they need to be.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/roy-keane-man-utd-rangnick-26826779 Roy Keane identifies exactly what disappoints Ralf Rangnick the most at Man Utd