Ralf Rangnick could turn Manchester United into TITLE CHALLENGES, claims Mikael Silvestre

Ralf Rangnick could make Manchester United TITLE CHALLENGER if hired permanently in the summer, claims Mikael Silvestre, as the former defender hails ‘clever’ appointment as interim boss

  • Manchester United appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim boss for six months
  • Next summer, Rangnick will go behind the scenes for a two-year consultancy role
  • Mikael Silvestre described hiring Rangnick as ‘smart’ for the next six months
  • The former United defender also spoke of potential success if it was permanent


Ralf Rangnick has been tipped by former defender Mikael Silvestre to be the man who will make Manchester United a title contender again.

Rangnick has arrived at Old Trafford on a six-month contract as the club’s interim manager.

The German will then enter the boardroom for two years as part of an advisory position.

Manchester United could be reinstated as title contender if Ralf Rangnick gets the job full-time next summer, according to former Red Devils defender Mikael Silvestre

Rangnick has taken over a six-month contract at Old Trafford to become their interim manager

Rangnick has taken over a six-month contract at Old Trafford to become their interim manager

But for Silvestre, who played for United between 1999 and 2008, he believes the German could turn this group into a Premier League title contender if Rangnick takes the permanent lead.

“Rangnick is good news. We know what he wants from his players, he has a plan and he knows how to execute it. It’s a good deal, I’m happy with it,” Silvestre told the Sun.

“It’s smart because it gives both sides time to see if there’s a match, both from club management and from Ralf’s perspective.

United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after defeat to Watford and sought a temporary contract

United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after defeat to Watford and sought a temporary contract

Caretaker boss Michael Carrick remains responsible for Arsenal clash on Thursday evening

Caretaker boss Michael Carrick remains responsible for Arsenal clash on Thursday evening

“There is a medium term plan and it could be the plan that will make United a title contender. Not this season, but his mission is to finish in the Champions League and that’s hard enough.”

Rangnick, who will be in the stands at Old Trafford to watch his new players play against Arsenal on Thursday night, will be tasked with getting an immediate response to stabilize their faltering top four bid.

United will face Arsenal in tenth place in the Premier League, six points behind West Ham in fourth place after the Hammers’ 1-1 draw against Brighton on Wednesday.

“You have to be sensitive and consider the gap in quality and performance,” Silvestre added.

“There is enough quality in the squad to finish in the top four, that’s where they should finish.”

rank nick, 63, has received his work permit, which means that the German can finally work as Unitedthe interim manager.

Problems with obtaining a work permit prevented him from training this week and although he will be at United’s Premier League game against Arsenal on Thursday night, caretaker Michael Carrick will be in the dugout.

Rangnick will now hold his first press conference on Friday, ahead of Sunday’s home game with Crystal Palace – who will take his first charge as United manager.

Silvestre says Rangnick, who will take up a two-year consultancy role at United from the end of the season, could be the right man in the search for Solskjaer's permanent successor

Silvestre says Rangnick, who will take up a two-year consultancy role at United from the end of the season, could be the right man in the search for Solskjaer’s permanent successor

German boss Rangnick wants every Man United player to 'live up to their potential with him'

German boss Rangnick wants every Man United player to ‘live up to their potential with him’

He had to convince an FA panel of his managerial credentials to get a work permit this week.

Rangnick flew into the UK on Monday evening, before tougher Covid restrictions came into effect hours later, and is believed to be staying at a hotel in Manchester.

It is clear that Rangnick did not meet the FA’s criteria for a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) as he has not managed a top club in Europe long enough in the past five years – either two years in a row or three years cumulatively.

Sources at United claimed Rangnick had held other senior positions at RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow, but technically he hadn’t worked enough as a manager during this period.

His GBE had to be approved by a three-man exception panel appointed by the FA and chaired by a lawyer and two other figures with a background in football before he could be granted a work permit from the Home Office.

Rangnick was spotted touring Old Trafford accompanied by director John Murtough

Rangnick was spotted touring Old Trafford accompanied by director John Murtough

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