Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann has given Manchester United an early indication of what they can expect from Ralf Ragnick’s time in charge.
Ragnick is expected to become United’s new interim manager, having come to an agreement to take charge at Old Trafford until the end of the season.
The German will sign a six-month deal following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking earlier this week, having been identified as the leading candidate following an interview process.
The 63-year-old will move into a consultancy role thereafter on an initial two-year period, having been offered a role to stay at United for next season.
Rangnick will not be in charge in time for the weekend’s game at Chelsea due to work permit issues, but is expected to arrive at Old Trafford soon.
The former RB Leipzig boss heads to United having established himself as one of the leading figures in German football over the years, having been an influence on the likes of Nagelsmann, Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Ralph Hasenhuttl.
His sides are generally associated with an intense press and quick passing game, a style that has been adopted by many of Germany’s top coaches, including Nagelsmann.
Speaking about Rangnick and Klopp’s influence on him, Nagelsmann told the Bundesliga earlier this year: “They certainly introduced a distinct style into Germany, which had perhaps been practised previously in Italy, by Sarri and others.
“Overall there tend to be trends in football that come and go and come and go. Ralf started using his extreme pressing and quick transitions all the way down in the fifth tier, the Oberliga.
“Jürgen Klopp did the same in the Bundesliga with Mainz and with Dortmund. He has always described his Gegenpress as his teams’ playmaker. They’re a pair of minds who brought a certain style of football to prominence and who continue to do so.”
Nagelsmann added: “Football matches are always defined by an interplay of various phases of play, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a game in which a team could play exclusively transitions, exclusively press, or exclusively have possession.
“The most successful teams have to solve problems in each of the four phases of play and at set-pieces.
“Dependent on coaching tastes there will always be preferences and emphasis on specific phases, and Ralf Rangnick and Klopp definitely put more weight on opposition possession and transition than Pep Guardiola does.”
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