Pep Guardiola has warned Ralf Rangnick not to expect time as he looks to turn things around at Manchester United.

The 63-year-old coach is set to take charge at Old Trafford on an interim basis next week, and will remain in the dugout until he steps into a consultancy role in the summer.

The hope is that Rangnick can oversee a strong finish to the season before a permanent manager is ultimately appointed, but Guardiola says it can be unwise to expect such a big short-term impact.

Asked about the difficulty of quickly adapting to the demands of the Premier League, the Spaniard said: “You need time to know your players and when they know you and they can feel it then we believe in what we want to do.

“When they understand it will be good. Then as bad or as difficult as it is, you will be sacked. It is no more complicated than that.

“I had an idea when I came here. But the most difficult part of the first season is to know each other.

Guardiola is well aware of the difficulties new managers face in the Premier League (



“People want success immediately. They want it the morning after. That is impossible. This time is not real.

“Success is being consistent. Without time or immediate success, you disappear soon. And everything you achieve with that effort, they don't give too much credit.

“Sustaining it for a long time. That’s the problem we have management. We have to win immediately for the pressure. When the players know you they believe in you."

With 10 domestic trophies to his name at Manchester City, there is no question that Guardiola has adapted to the English game since overcoming what was a tricky first season in charge.

But what about his dream of taking on a new challenge at international level - could that see him stick around to take on the England job?

Guardiola said: “Gareth Southgate is doing an incredible job and has just signed a new contract, so congratulations.

“I don’t think about it. When I finish here training it would be a pleasure to live a World Cup or a European Cup.

“I would like that but normally it is not easy because there are so few positions. I would like it to happen, but if it doesn’t I will train a club. So no problem.

“But in England, being here, always I will be Man City - and if they ever want me back I will come back to Man City.

“I don’t think I will train another club in England apart from this one.

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“Gareth is doing an incredible job. Reaching the semi-finals of the last World Cup is a huge success for English football. I don’t know how many years he has on his contract, but if he is happy and he wants more…

“I’m not here to take a position from him. As long as my energy and love for what I am doing is here, then I don’t know what’s going to happen.

“Years ago, I never thought I would be the Manchester City trainer and that I would be here for six seasons. Never. So life dictates your future and we will see what happens.”

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