Ralf Rangnick believes that managing Manchester United’s squad isn’t simple.
Rangnick was brought in to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager in December, but United’s progress under the German has been negligible.
United are almost guaranteed to finish the season without a trophy, and while they might mathematically qualify for the Champions League by finishing fourth, they could also miss out on Europa League and Europa Conference League qualification if they finish seventh.
At least six senior players are expected to leave United this summer, while several more have expressed an interest in leaving or are weighing their options.
Rangnick had only managed 81 games in ten years before being hired by United, but he does not regret accepting their offer to take over for the rest of the season.
“No. “I have no regrets,” Rangnick stated emphatically. “I would do it again and again.” That is something I have no regrets about. As a manager, you must always question and ask yourself what you could have done better, if you could have used a different formation in some games, if you could have made a substitution sooner. This is how it always goes. We always ask ourselves what we could have done differently.
“I think we’re all aware that this isn’t a simple squad.” I wouldn’t be sitting here if the circumstances hadn’t been difficult, and Ole would most likely still be here.
“Again, I believe we have demonstrated in the last few months that we were able to elevate the level, but not in the manner that I would have preferred. That is why I am dissatisfied with what we have accomplished thus far.”
Rangnick believes that after the team arrives at Old Trafford for the Premier League match against Norwich, protesting United fans will still support the team.
The 1958 supporters’ group plans to march from Stretford’s Tollgate pub to the ground and protest outside during the first 17 minutes of the game to commemorate the Glazer family’s control of the club for 17 years.
A number of United fans quietly demonstrated outside the team’s Carrington training center on Friday, prompting the club to tighten up security and call the cops. “We appreciate the perspectives of fans and remain committed to enhancing our interaction with them,” a United official said after the protests ended without incident.
“I’m not sure what they’re thinking, but I’ve heard they want to be 17 minutes late for the next 17 years,” Rangnick said. “Even if they do that, perhaps they’ll still support the squad and rally behind us after those 17 minutes.”
“How much they do depends on what we show on the pitch, so it’s a give-and-take game.” We can’t expect them to merely back us up no matter what happens on the field.
“I don’t believe we’ve dealt with [playing against a negative backdrop] yet.” The fans’ support has been overwhelming, whether at home or abroad. We haven’t had any instances where they have turned their emotions against the team so far.
“I get what you’re saying; it’s a game of passion and emotion.” Whenever we visit the stadium, whether it’s away or at home, the players are greeted with love and passion.
“But it’s up to us to show them that we still care, that the coaching staff and the players care, and that we’re trying to get the most out of it and win the game.”
“There’s no purpose in speaking or talking about that right now, that’s not the issue,” Rangnick said of the Glazer family’s ownership of United. The question is, how can we win tomorrow’s game?
“It’s not my duty to talk about our ownership; I had a long conversation with the owner before I came over here in early December.” It doesn’t make sense to talk about it right now.”