Ralf Rangnick claims Manchester United need to model themselves on rivals City as their successful neighbours ‘have very clear identity and how they want to play’ ahead of Sunday’s showdown at the Etihad
- Manchester United head to rivals Manchester City in Premier League on Sunday
- The gap between two teams is massive with Pep Guardiola’s side streets ahead
- Ralf Rangnick highlighted the need for United to learn from their rivals’ blueprint
Ralf Rangnick believes Manchester United need to model themselves on neighbours City.
The Old Trafford interim manager takes his United team across town to face champions City on Sunday with the gap between the two teams showing no signs of shrinking.
While he ducked questions about his own exact future when he spoke to the media at lunchtime today, Rangnick underlined the need for United to learn lessons from the way City and indeed Liverpool have developed in recent years.
Ralf Rangnick believes Manchester United need to model themselves on neighbours City
The Red Devils travel to their neighbours in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon
‘My focus was, and still is, on developing the current team and getting best out of this season,’ he said on Friday.
‘But City and Liverpool have continuity and consistency as their head coach, for the past five or six years. They have very clear identity, how they want to play.
‘I know Jurgen [Klopp] in person and I know Pep [Guardiola} from time in Germany. He also has a clear idea how he wants to play.
‘This is the secret behind their success. They know exactly how they want to play, they have a corporate identity. Not just for new players.
‘This is what all the top clubs have in common. This is something that needs to be developed at Manchester United.’
Rangnick is not a leading candidate to become United’s permanent next manager this summer. Indeed he is all but out of the race after making such a modest impact since succeeding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before Christmas.
The gap between the two teams is showing no signs of shrinking with City streets ahead
Today he claimed his suggestion made on his appointment that he wished to be considered for the role was a joke.
‘I know exactly what I said and I had a twinkle in my eye,’ he said.
Equally, the German said he had so far had no great input in who the next man will be, even though he is due to become a football consultant at Old Trafford when his time as coach is over.
‘We haven’t spoken about it to be honest,’ he added.
‘We have had one or two meetings with the head of scouting and other people.
‘I think you will understand that I will not speak in detail about the possible new manager. We haven’t spoken about it.
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‘I am the wrong person to address the question right now. Focus is on the next games and getting the best from the team.
‘Other things either need to wait.’
United have had some respectable results against City in recent seasons but the 2-0 home defeat at Guardiola’s team at Old Trafford was a low point. United hardly laid a glove on their opponents that day and Rangnick hinted today that it would be different on Sunday.
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‘We know we are playing against one of the best teams in the world and in the end it is about control, controlling the game, not letting them play without any pressure,’ he said.
‘That is exactly what they want. They are always looking to create an overload of players in half-spaces.
‘We are fully aware of how they want to play and for us it about finding moments of how they want to play.
‘Some teams in last weeks and months could do that and it is up to us to show we can also.’
Rangnick revealed today that striker Edinson Cavani is back in full training and backed Cristiano Ronaldo to recover from a relative lean spell in front of goal.
‘A few things that have happened in last few weeks couldn’t have been foreseen by anybody,’ he said.
‘With Edinson available for the game, we have other options. With Marcus Rashford we have another player who I will be behind to develop.
‘We have achieved that with quite a few players in the past and I don’t see why this can’t happen with Marcus.
‘He has everything you need as a modern striker. I will put all my energy into making sure he takes the same process as other players.’