Manchester United have been accused in the past of being a little too predictable and lacking in creativity.

Need a right-winger? Continue to pursue the player you've been trying to sign for three years. Need a manager? Jose Mourinho is available and he's won a couple of trophies, he'll solve all our problems.

Something needed to change at United and new ideas needed to be introduced, otherwise, the downward spiral the club have been forced to endure over the past few years was only going to continue.

Enter Ralf Rangnick.

The German manager is understood to be set to take charge on an interim basis until the end of the season followed by a two-year consultancy role with the club.

When you see the name Rangnick, it doesn't quite whet the appetite like a Mourinho or a Mauricio Pochettino, but that's not to say he won't be able to do just as good a job as either of the aforementioned bosses.

It's hoped that Rangnick's arrival will inject some life into a campaign that is already in danger of petering out, yet the real benefit of bringing the former RB Leipzig boss into the club could be felt years after his spell as manager.

Some of United's decision making in recent years has been nothing short of appalling, but allowing Rangnick to have a say when the club are required to make big decisions shows United are finally breaking the mould and trying to establish a new direction.

Rangnick's transfer market nous can only be a benefit to United and he's also expected to have an input when the club come to decide who will replace him in the dugout next summer.

Rangnick will take charge on an interim basis

Pochettino will likely still be one of the names in the hat, as will Ajax coach Erik ten Hag. The latter has been heavily linked with United over the past few months due to his exploits in the Dutch League and the Champions League, with Ajax currently sitting top of Group C having won all of their European outings this season.

But under Rangnick it is likely that we'll see an expanded search that may include a few managers who you wouldn't class as being such household names.

During his time heading up the Red Bull project, Rangnick was influential in the development of coaches like Julian Nagelsmann, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Marco Rose and Jesse Marsch, all of whom embodied the style and philosophy that Rangnick prefers.

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Having various options is vitally important and it feels like this is something United have struggled to accept in recent years. The club need to avoid locating their preferred target and refusing to give up until they've got their man - unless there's an overwhelmingly exceptional candidate of course.

United have fallen into this trap before and paid the price on a number of occasions. Rangnick is a step in the right direction but the club have to commit to this mindset if they are to start a systematic reboot.