For the first time in a long while, Manchester United have actually made a sensible decision with the impending appointment of Ralf Rangnick.

In fact, I'd probably say that this is the smartest move United have made in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. I've been heavily critical of the club in the past but I'll be the first person to praise them when they get something right.

Rangnick looks set to join United as the club's interim manager until the end of the season before taking up a two-year consultancy role to assist John Murtough and Darren Fletcher.

63-year-old Rangnick is a pioneer of the game. He is responsible for the football hipsters' favourite 'gegenpressing' and United fans can't wait to see what he has to offer the club.

Some of United's players have desperately needed a kick up the backside this season and Rangnick will definitely offer that. Of course, United's performances will ultimately determine whether his period as the club's boss is deemed a success, but if Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp's glowing words on him are anything to go by then we could be in for an exciting campaign.

While we're all desperate for Rangnick to save our season, I think there's more anticipation at the prospect of how he can transform the club's fortunes when he takes up a consultancy role.

During his time as sporting director of RB Leipzig, Rangnick basically turned a brand new football club into Champions League semi-finalists - which is pretty sensational.

Ralf Rangnick, Manager of RB Leipzig shakes hands with Timo Werner of RB Leipzig after the Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and RB Leipzig at Opel Arena on May 03, 2019 in Mainz, Germany.
Rangnick transformed Leipzig during his time at the club

When you think about the resources available to him at United, it's unlike any other job he's taken before and I'm fascinated to see what he can do to modernise the club.

But there is a risk of United falling into a trap they've stumbled into before.

When United sacked Jose Mourinho in 2018, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in as an interim boss to see out the rest of the season before a permanent solution could be found - sounds pretty familiar already, right?

A run of 14 wins from 19 matches ensured Solskjaer bagged the job on a permanent basis, and while it seemed a good idea at the time, it soon became clear Solskjaer was never going to deliver the Premier League title that United have been so desperate to see return to Old Trafford.

I'm not saying the same is going to happen with Rangnick, and if he was to do something ridiculous like win the Champions League it would be hard not to give him the job, but United can't afford to make the same mistake they made with Solskjaer. For once, they have to stick to their original plan.

We've already seen what happens when you react too hastily and Solskjaer is a prime example of that, and reports are already emerging that Rangnick may be interested in the full-time job if he was to be offered the role.

In my opinion, this would be a huge error. Fans want to see what he can do at boardroom level to make the club successful again - they want him to create the foundations of a modern United.

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We can only hope that, regardless of what happens between now and the end of the season, the club aren't swayed into making a decision that could set them back once again.

Rangnick can have a bigger impact at United in a consultancy role than he can in the dugout. Go and get Erik ten Hag or Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the season and stick to the plan. Please.

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