Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick warned on Friday that his successor Erik ten Hag will need to do “open-heart surgery” on the English giants if they are to reclaim their former grandeur.
United was beaten 4-0 by Liverpool in midweek, dropping them to sixth place in the rankings, 23 points behind champions and neighbors Manchester City.
They will also face an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League next season.
“One of the few pluses is that it’s incredibly clear.” “You don’t even need glasses to analyze and understand where the problems are,” said Rangnick, 63.
“Now it’s just a matter of figuring out how to fix them.” It’s evident to me that making a few little changes, addressing a few minor faults here and there, and doing some minor cosmetic stuff isn’t going to cut it.
“No, in medical, you’d realize that this is an open heart operation, so there are more things to modify than a few tiny things here and there, and that’s a wonderful thing.”
Ten Hag, the manager of Ajax, will have a tremendous task ahead of him next season to resurrect United after a fifth consecutive season without a trophy.
The 52-year-old Dutchman becomes Old Trafford’s seventh permanent manager since Alex Ferguson’s resignation in 2013, which pushed the 20-time English champions into decline.
Ten Hag is on track to win his third league title with Ajax, and he led the Dutch club to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 22 years in 2019.