Gary Neville says Ralf Rangnick has already destroyed his chances of becoming Manchester United’s next boss… and fears they will be ‘beaten’ by Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea if the next signing isn’t a ‘great manager’
- Gary Neville thinks Ralf Rangnick won’t get permanent role at Old Trafford
- He thinks Rangnick will have a say in Manchester United’s next manager
- Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag have been linked with the permanent role
- Neville also spoke about the importance of choosing his next manager wisely
- He urged them to find a manager to match Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea
Gary Neville believes Ralf Rangnick hasn’t done enough to take on Manchester United for good this summer.
The 63-year-old replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on an interim basis in November until the end of the season, before taking on a consultant role until 2024.
There had been suggestions he could take on the role permanently if he impressed during his caretaker tenure at the club, although Neville believes the 63-year-old has squandered his chances and will instead advise who should be the next manager.
Gary Neville claims Ralf Rangnick will have a say in who is the next Manchester United boss
He said on the Podcast by Gary Neville: ‘I don’t think he gets the job at the end of the season no matter what happens now (Rangnick).
“I think there was maybe a feeling that if United went like this (points up) it would happen – it won’t happen, Manchester United will have a new manager next season.”
‘I think he will (have a say in who the next manager is) because what he has is a very good view because what he has is a very good view of characters, personalities, performance levels and training levels of the current group of players so he is in a strong position to advise.
Neville would rather Rangnick get his future consultancy role at the club than his caretaker role this season
“He is probably best placed to advise them because he has daily contact with them.” He sees how they deal with disappointment, how they deal with atmospheres, how they deal with big games, how they deal with training; can they meet the requirements of the club? Do they have the quality?
“People say he’s a sporting director and a coach, but the reality is that his coaching position is short-term; his position as the club’s assistant, building its new methodology and structure moving forward is a longer-term position for two years.
“I’d rather he get this piece right; I prefer to suffer in the short term because the longer term perspective is fair.
“He has good experience in building structures in football clubs and Manchester United needs him.”
Manchester United have been linked with a host of names for the permanent job, including PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag.
Neville has urged Man United to appoint a manager who can battle against Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel (below)
Neville says United will be ‘defeated’ if they don’t sign a manager like Tuchel, Klopp or Guardiola
Neville says United need a boss who matches the quality of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea – otherwise they will be ‘beaten’.
He said: “In the summer they have big appointments to make, which is the manager.
“The manager has to be right next season to be able to face (Thomas) Tuchel, (Pep) Guardiola and (Jurgen) Klopp because if you don’t face those three with a manager who can face them like-for-like, you will get beat.
“It has been proven over the past few years that great managers in this league will bring you great things; Manchester United need a great manager to compete with those who are at this level in this league right now.
Mauricio Pochettino is one of the main contenders to land the United role permanently
Ralf Rangnick’s main task this season is to ensure United qualify for the Champions League
In what has been a torrid campaign for Manchester United, back-to-back wins over Brighton and Leeds mean they now have a four-point gap over West Ham in the battle for the Champions League places.
The battle also currently consists of Arsenal, Tottenham and Wolves – all of whom could edge out the Red Devils if they win their respective games in hand.
Rangnick’s big challenge until the end of the season will be to ensure whoever takes on the role permanently this summer will have Champions League football to play next season.
There had been hopes that United could challenge for the title this season thanks to the additions of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
But after a turbulent season on and off the pitch, they are 17 points behind Manchester City and clear of Liverpool.
Recent wins have seen them close the gap to Chelsea to four points – although Tuchel’s side have a game in hand.
It’s been a turbulent season on and off the pitch for Manchester United this campaign