Not long after taking over at Man Utd, Ralf Rangnick imposed his influence on the team. He changed the style of the Reds and started training sessions later than his predecessor. This made some Man Utd players unhappy, because if they did, they would leave Carrington when it was already dark.
Journalist James Ducker told the Telegraph that up to 9 players wanted to leave Man Utd after being angry with Rangnick. Such is the case with Anthony Martial, Dean Henderson, Donny Van de Beek, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba.
The appointment of Rangnick has consumed a lot of ink in the British media. A few weeks earlier, Man Utd wanted to invite Antonio Conte but they were not decisive, and then Conte chose Tottenham in the end. It is questioned that if Conte at that time would sit in the hot seat at Old Trafford, would the Red Devils be better than now?
It is difficult to conclude, but a source from Man Utd said Conte is not suitable for the Red Devils. The source told Sportsmail that Conte is seen as a great coach but he is the one who asks players to take precise instructions and is not suitable for the Old Trafford team.
“If Conte asks a player to do six things he wants to see them do all six at once. He wants to be able to program the players to the minute. We’re not sure if that’s right for us. I don’t,” said the source.
Thus, conceivably, Rangnick’s “draconian” level is still nothing compared to Conte. The reason Man Utd players reacted is because they are used to living in a too comfortable environment and lack discipline in the dressing room as well as on the field.
On the other hand, Rangnick has a strong point that Conte does not have, which is the eye of a sporting director. Conte is the usual “battle expert”. In contrast, Rangnick can build Man Utd from young players and plan a long-term transfer strategy for the Red Devils. This is exactly what American bosses need.
In the past, Rangnick has discovered Erling Haaland, Sadio Mane or Naby Keita. It is believed that if the German strategist is free to plan Man Utd, he will rebuild this empire in a sustainable way. Of course, in the early days of the empire, they had to put aside the remnants of the past!