Man United given food for thought after Pep Guardiola’s Ralf Rangnick comments

Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on Ralf Rangnick and claimed he is right up there with other elite German managers Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

And his comments may give Manchester United chiefs food for thought after the Spaniard gave them reason to hire Rangnick on a long-term basis.

Rangnick was appointed as United’s interim boss following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It is heavily believed that Rangnick has had an influence on some of Germany’s most successful bosses with his ‘gegenpress’ philosophy, such as Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel – who manage English giants Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.

City boss Guardiola is credited with having an impact on Rangnick but played down those suggestions as he lavished praise on the United boss.

Rangnick recently claimed he could stay on as manager, though the club have agreed for him to take up a consultancy role after his stint in charge and are looking for a permanent successor.

However, Guardiola’s comments may prompt a rethink from the United hierarchy.

“My impact on these managers – Jurgen, Thomas and Ralf – is zero,” Guardiola said.

“They set it for themselves. I learn from German culture and football a lot.

“I was a guy who got many things in this incredible country, they show how good they are, Nagelsmann at Munich.

“The manager for Southampton is exceptional, Ralf as well. Managers from Germany are a top level, I learn a lot from them.”

Having taken his first managerial role as a 25-year-old at hometown side Viktoria Backnang, Rangnick has vast experience in football with a total of 723 games managed alongside various technical roles.

And having transformed the appearance and structure of RB Leipzig from the fourth tier of German football to Champions League football in just five years, Rangnick knows how to control and lead a football club.

His contract as United’s interim manager expires at the end of the season, with plans for him to take on a similar director’s role to the one he did at Leipzig at Old Trafford in the summer.

He got off to a perfect start as United boss by leading them to victory over Crystal Palace and was complimentary of his players afterwards.

“Overall, I’m happy,” the German told United’s official website.

“I’m positively surprised how many things they brought on the pitch, bearing in mind we had not even a full training session yesterday.

“We had a few conversations with players individually and with the group of players. The first half-hour was amazing I thought, with high speed, high intensity, high tempo. We were always on the front foot during the game and the only thing missing in that part of the game was missing scoring one, two or even three goals.”