Four things spotted in Ralf Rangnick’s first training session at Man United

Manchester United will be looking to make a winning start to life under new interim manager Ralf Rangnick when he takes charge for the first time against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday.

United, who got back to winning ways with a thrilling 3-2 win over Arsenal on Thursday evening, installed the experienced German coach as their new manager on a six-month deal on Monday, following the recent departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Due to a delay with his work visa being finalised, Rangnick was forced to take up a watching brief against Arsenal, watching the action unfold alongside John Murtough from the directors’ box, before being unveiled, officially, to the media at an Old Trafford press conference on Friday morning.

Following his first meeting with the local and national media, Rangnick took training at Carrington for the very first time, as he began to put plans in place for Sunday’s tussle with Palace.

But what happened during the German’s first training session as United’s interim manager? Below, MEN Sport has picked out four things we spotted from Friday’s session.

Rangnick gets his ideas across

Ask any football manager in the world what the most important aspect of a first training session at a new club is and nine times out of ten they will deliver the same answer.

Rangnick’s first task was getting to know his players and drill his ideas into them. The German has been pictured in deep conversation with many of his players and was spotted handing out some instructions to the likes of Mason Greenwood and Nemanja Matic.

Rangnick will be looking to develop his knowledge about his players as each day passes by, meaning there was no better time to start that task than on day one in the job.

Throughout his expansive and lengthy managerial career, Rangnick has not shied away from giving youngsters the chance to prove their worth in an attempt to impress the match-goers on a Saturday afternoon.

Whilst the German has a plethora of big-name, experienced superstars to work with, he also has no shortage of young and exciting prospects making their way up the rungs on their respective career ladders.

United have no shortage of youngsters looking to make the grade at Old Trafford and two of them were spotted in training on Friday, in the shapes of Teden Mengi and Amad.

Mengi, despite featuring in pre-season, has not made a single appearance at senior level this term, while Amad has been battling his way back to full fitness in recent weeks following an injury.

However, they could now fancy their chances of getting some first-team minutes under their belts because of Rangnick’s arrival and his track record as far as youth is concerned.

Van de Beek aims to impress

Having experienced a difficult time at Old Trafford under Solskjaer, Dutchman Donny van de Beek will be hoping that he can resurrect his United career under Rangnick.

As is so often the mantra, the arrival of a new manager tends to wipe the slate clean for every player, meaning there is no reason why the midfielder cannot turn the tide on his United career and get things moving in the right direction.

On Friday, Van de Beek was pictured working with the ball at his feet, with Rangnick keeping a very close eye on proceedings.

Whether he will be thrown straight into the starting line-up against Palace on Sunday, of course, remains to be seen.

Rangnick in deep conversation

Michael Carrick may have left Old Trafford, meaning Rangnick can no longer pick his brains on a daily basis about the squad, but he still has several other coaches who know the squad inside out that he can turn to.

The German was spotted in deep conversation with Kieran McKenna during Friday’s session, no doubt trying to find out as much as possible about his players, as well as filling him in on what his plans are for the visit of Palace.

Rangnick, for now, has not brought any of his own coaching staff to Old Trafford with him, but he hasn’t refused to rule out the prospect of that happening.

Speaking at his first press conference, Rangnick said: “I’m more than happy to work with the current coaching staff because I need their experience, I need their expertise regarding the current squad.

“I will obviously try to find one, two, maybe three people who can join us in the one or two weeks but due to the Brexit regulations it’s not too easy.”