Manchester United: the winners and losers as Ralf Rangnick takes over at Old Trafford

Manchester United are about to appoint Ralf Rangnick as their new interim manager for a six-month period following the resignation of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 63-year-old has reached an agreement with the Red Devils to take over on an interim basis until the end of the season, before taking on a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford.

The German arrives at the club with a great resume and a reputation to match, as he is often regarded as a true visionary and as the ‘Godfather of the Gegenpress’ – a fast-paced football brand used by the likes of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Manchester United have agreed to hire Ralf Rangnick as their new interim manager

Manchester United have agreed to hire Ralf Rangnick as their new interim manager

Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel, Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann and Klopp have all cited Rangnick as a vital influence – and there are comparisons between them all and Rangnick’s style of play.

With the ball, Rangnick’s teams are fast and aggressive with plenty of forward passes, but without the ball they are quick back and relentless in their pressure play.

This electric style of play and identity will come as a breath of fresh air to United fans desperate for their side attack with the flair and intensity long associated with their rivals.

Rangnick is considered the 'godfather of gene printing' and has Tuchel and Klopp .  affected

Rangnick is considered the 'godfather of gene printing' and has Tuchel and Klopp .  affected

Rangnick is considered the ‘godfather of gene printing’ and has Tuchel and Klopp . affected

But to live up to that particular style of play and philosophy means that some of the current staff on United’s books will thrive or be redundant under the new regime.

But who will seek Rangnick to carry out his instructions and who is simply not suited for it?

Here, sports post see who will benefit from Rangnick’s arrival, and who will lose…

winners

Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood is one of the key men to thrive under Solskjaer’s stewardship before being pushed out wide following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. Mason Greenwood appears to be benefiting again under Rangnick, with the German preferring to play with two frontrunners rather than just a lone figure.

Given the way Rangnick wants his teams to push from the front, Greenwood would be the perfect defender for this, while his incredible ability to shoot with both feet makes him an ideal candidate to carry out the wishes of United’s new boss .

Still just 19, Greenwood’s stock is already skyrocketing at the club and the right system and coaching could take it even further.

Mason Greenwood's athleticism and raw skills could be exactly what Rangnick is looking for

Mason Greenwood's athleticism and raw skills could be exactly what Rangnick is looking for

Mason Greenwood’s athleticism and raw skills could be exactly what Rangnick is looking for

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford, another of Solskjaer’s loyal recruits, will be another academy student to take advantage of Rangnick’s arrival.

The German hopes to leverage the athleticism of both Rashford and Greenwood as they have to take out defenders when they are not in possession of the ball.

Rashford can also see Timo Werner excelling under Rangnick during their time at RB Leipzig, which saw the German enjoy his best football yet before being bought by Chelsea, where he often struggled.

Marcus Rashford (pictured) can be paired at the top with Greenwood below Rangnick

Marcus Rashford (pictured) can be paired at the top with Greenwood below Rangnick

Marcus Rashford (pictured) can be paired at the top with Greenwood below Rangnick

Jadon Sancho

It just hasn’t quite worked out for Jadon Sancho since he got his dream transfer from Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer.

The forward has scored just one goal and has yet to assist in 15 appearances for his new club – a far cry from his dazzling performances in Germany.

But for a manager who did well in the Bundesliga, Rangnick could be the right man to take a tune out of Sancho and get him back to his best.

New ideas can make Sancho thrive, which is exactly what the next entry will surely benefit from…

Jadon Sancho finally broke his duck for United when he scored against Villarreal on Tuesday

Jadon Sancho finally broke his duck for United when he scored against Villarreal on Tuesday

Jadon Sancho finally broke his duck for United when he scored against Villarreal on Tuesday

Donny van de Beek

After being left on the bench by Solskjaer time and time again, Donny van de Beek could finally get a shot at redemption at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer refused to use the midfielder during his time as manager and it was somewhat ironic that the Dutchman scored the last goal during the Norwegian boss’s reign at United when the Red Devils were beaten 4-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road.

Now Van de Beek will be overjoyed to finally have the chance to prove himself, especially as he is the ideal match for a system like Rangnick’s.

Van de Beek’s time at Ajax saw him labeled as one of the most exciting midfielders of his generation and Erik ten Hag’s high pressure and intense playing style that made him thrive is likely to give him an edge when it comes to who plays in midfield . .

Donny van de Beek could flourish in a new system similar to the system he played in at Ajax

Donny van de Beek could flourish in a new system similar to the system he played in at Ajax

Donny van de Beek could flourish in a new system similar to the system he played in at Ajax

losers

Cristiano Ronaldo

While he has saved Solskjaer on many occasions this season, it seems the writing is on the wall for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese attacker remains one of football’s deadliest strikers in front of goal, but the 36-year-old could be left out in favor of younger talent, especially given that Rangnick Ronaldo played five years ago when he was with RB Leipzig. labeled ‘too old’.

When asked in 2016 if he would ever sign Ronaldo or Messi, Rangnick said: “It would be absurd to think it could work with them here. They’re both too old and too expensive.’

It remains to be seen if Rangnick will make a special case for someone like Ronaldo – especially if he can get the five-time Champions League winner to press from the front – but his past comments will be a worrying sign to those who love it on the deadly goalscorer.

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't save his side as things went from bad to worse for United

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't save his side as things went from bad to worse for United

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t save his side as things went from bad to worse for United

David de Gea

It must be said that David de Gea deserves to keep his place as number 1 given the way he has been performing lately.

The Spaniard saved two penalties in that devastating 4-1 defeat to Watford and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. He has also made some great saves in both the Premier League and Champions League of late.

Rangnick’s style of play may not suit De Gea and the type of goalkeeper he is. While the German doesn’t want his defenders to pass backwards – which is good for De Gea – Rangnick’s desire to play a high defense line would suit Dean Henderson better, as the Englishman is more than willing to get out of his box and to play the role of sweeper.

De Gea is much more reluctant to do this and is one of the world’s best shot-stoppers of its time. But given that Henderson, 24, is seven years younger than De Gea, it would make sense that Rangnick would move to the Spain international in the near future.

De Gea has been a standout performer of late, but his long-term future may be in doubt

De Gea has been a standout performer of late, but his long-term future may be in doubt

De Gea has been a standout performer of late, but his long-term future may be in doubt

Luke Shaw

After enjoying one of his best years in football, Luke Shaw’s form has taken quite a dive this campaign.

His loss of focus against Manchester City last month proved costly for Solskjaer, with the left-back struggling to reproduce the performances that made him one of the standout stars for England at the European Championship in the summer.

And Rangnick revealed ahead of the 2020-21 campaign that he already has doubts about Shaw’s ability in the position.

“I also think they could use a left-back,” Rangnick said when asked who should sign United last year. “I know they have Luke Shaw but I’m not so sure he’s still at the same level you need at a club like Manchester United.”

Rangnick revealed he had doubts about Luke Shaw's ability ahead of the 2020-21 campaign

Rangnick revealed he had doubts about Luke Shaw's ability ahead of the 2020-21 campaign

Rangnick revealed he had doubts about Luke Shaw’s ability ahead of the 2020-21 campaign

Paul Pogbag

Like Ronaldo and Shaw, Rangnick has already had his say on Paul Pogba during his time at Leipzig.

The German helped Naby Keita develop into one of Europe’s most sought-after midfielders and Rangnick wanted to keep him at Leipzig at all costs.

Before moving to Liverpool, Rangnick stated in 2017 that he would ‘not trade Keita for Paul Pogba’ as the Frenchman did not suit their style of play.

It remains to be seen if Rangnick can use Pogba’s talents, but with the midfielder injured and forced to sign a new contract that will see him become a free agent at the end of the season, it looks like his second spell at Old Trafford that could be. come to an end.

Rangnick said in 2017 that Paul Pogba wouldn't suit his playing style while in Leipzig

Rangnick said in 2017 that Paul Pogba wouldn't suit his playing style while in Leipzig

Rangnick said in 2017 that Paul Pogba wouldn’t suit his playing style while in Leipzig

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