Ralf Rangnick could use special ‘countdown clock’ in training at Manchester United
Ralf Rangnick could use a special ‘countdown clock’ in training as he plans to drill his ‘Gegenpressing’ doctrine into his Manchester United players
Manchester United players may encounter a ‘countdown’ in training under Ralf Rangnick as part of his plans to turn the 20-time champions of England into a high-intensity team.
United plan to appoint the German as interim manager until the end of the season and then keep him as club adviser for the next two years following the resignation of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.
Rangnick is expected to revolutionize United’s tactical approach and, according to The Telegraph, he could begin introducing a custom clock to be installed at the club’s Carrington training complex.
Ralf Rangnick will take over as interim manager at Manchester United until the end of the season before taking on a two-year advisory role at Old Trafford
The 63-year-old, who has been given videos of training sessions under Solskjaer to get an idea of what his players need, to instill his tactical doctrine in his players.
As one of the founders of Gegenpressing, Rangnick wants his players to regain the ball within eight seconds of a loss and no more than 10 seconds between regaining possession and a shot on target.
The German manager has previously used a ‘countdown clock’ to impress on his players at RB Leipzing and some of his other former clubs the importance of a coordinated, intense pressing.
“The most exciting thing for me is to see how the transition game has evolved and accelerated,” he said Voices of coaches.
The 63-year-old is one of the architects of the Gegenpressing approach
Rangnick wants his players to regain possession within eight seconds of losing the ball
“So much happens in the eight to ten seconds after the ball is won or lost. Those moments decide matches, and much of our training is devoted to what we call swarming behaviour; the synchronized movement of players.’
In the same piece, the German also reiterated his belief that “to increase the speed of your game, you must develop faster minds rather than faster feet.”
Rangnick’s approach has revolutionized German football and has profoundly influenced both Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, to whom Rangnick gave his first coaching job as Stuttgart youth manager.
“He helped me a lot because he was my coach and then he was one of the key figures to convince me to try coaching, so he was a huge influence on all of us right now,” Tuchel, whose Chelsea side is United welcomed on Sunday, he said during his press conference on Friday.
Jurgen Klopp (left) has previously praised Rangnick as the best German coach in history
Under Solskjaer, United often looked badly disjointed as they tried to regain possession.
The lack of coordinate pressing was most evident in the 5-0 slam at Liverpool’s hands last month, when Klopp’s men repeatedly slashed United wide open.
However, Rangnick is expected to make United a much stronger unit and Klopp admitted his compatriot’s arrival was not good news for the Premier League.
Rangnick will evaluate United coaching staff credentials once he takes charge
“Yes, unfortunately a good coach is coming to England, so that’s the way it is, to Manchester United,” he said.
“United is organized on the pitch. I think we have to realize that and that is of course not good news for other teams.’
Meanwhile, Rangnick is expected to bring some of his former coaching staff with him, most notably: Lars Kornetka, with whom he previously worked at RB Leipzig, Schalke and Hoffenheim.
Obviously he will assess Michael’s credentials Carrick, Kieran McKenna, Mike Phelan and the other United coaches were once in charge.