Ralf Rangnick’s first words as Man United boss as he hints at plans for Cristiano Ronaldo

Ralf Rangnick says he’s looking forward to working with the great mix of youth and experience at Manchester United after being confirmed boss.

Rangnick takes the reins from Michael Carrick’s temporary charge following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s three years at the helm and will manage the club until the end of the season.

The German will then move upstairs and work a consultancy role for the Red Devils, where he will have a say on who replaces him in the Old Trafford hot seat.

Rangnick revealed his excitement to be working at Man United after he was announced interim boss on Monday.

And made it clear he will be incorporating both young and old into his United team going forward – in a boost for Cristiano Ronaldo.

He said: “I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club. The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience.

“All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team. Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”

Much has been made of what Rangnick’s appointment may mean for Ronaldo after quotes emerged from 2020 that suggested the German favours youth over experience.

Rangnick said of Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “It’s not my style to insist on 38-year-old players, not because they are not good enough, and Ibra certainly is, but because I prefer to create value, develop talent.

“For me, it makes little sense to bet on Ibra or Kjaer, but it is my idea, neither right nor wrong.”

Ronaldo is 36 and many have suggested would struggle in a high-pressing Rangnick team.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was also left out of United’s starting XI for the draw with Chelsea this weekend, with many suggesting this was Rangnick’s decision.

It has since transpired that Carrick had the final say on formation, tactics and selection.