There were many Manchester United supporters who were delighted at the news that Ralf Rangnick had been signed up on an interim basis to take charge of the club.

A deal looks to have been struck, which sees the German come in as temporary manager for six months, before taking on a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford.

Rangnick is regarded as one of the founding fathers of German football, commonly known for his philosophy of 'Gegenpressing,' which is essentially counter-pressing. This is the idea that a team should win the ball back immediately after losing possession.

63-year-old Rangnick has inspired many coaches in the game, including Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel. He was regarded by Klopp as the 'best German coach' in the game, which shows his pedigree and how well he's regarded.

There's no doubt that he's going to give some of the United players a kick up the backside they desperately need but for me, the most exciting part of this appointment is when he moves upstairs in the board.

It remains to be seen how much power Rangnick has for future decisions at Old Trafford, but we can speculate based on his past involvements at other clubs.

Rangnick has always liked having control because he is a football nerd. As we've seen with his time at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, when he oversaw his own structural change at those clubs, he likes to conduct things in his own way. Clearly, both of those teams have benefitted from his philosophy.

It's been reported by various outlets that Rangnick will have a say in the next managerial appointment at United, which might be the best news to come out of Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. I believe this because it's the first time the club have made an external appointment onto the board, which has put football first!

Head coach Ralf Rangnick of RB Leipzig looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and RB Leipzig at Weserstadion on May 18, 2019 in Bremen, Germany.
Rangnick could change the whole philosophy of United (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Rangnick's role in advising on the next managerial appointment could massively change United's direction in their managerial appointment because he might want to identify someone who can shape his own philosophy at the club.

Currently, Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to take over on a permanent basis and indeed, Rangnick might suggest him as a successor. After all, he implements a pressing philosophy and seems like an ideal candidate to build on Rangnick's work.

However, there is also a feeling within the United fanbase that Rangnick's influence might mean we see a change of that.

Supporters have been craving Ajax manager, Erik ten Hag, to become the next permanent manager and he is a name that shouldn't be ruled out anymore.

I know there are some people who think Ten Hag's philosophy crosses against Rangnick's because it's got Cruyffian routes, but I also think Ten Hag is his own man - he's admitted that the principles of a football club shape his philosophy.

Although Ten Hag is influenced by Cruyff, he's also very keen on pressing from the front - such is his German influence - while he was also reportedly in the running to be Bayern Munich's permanent manager if it wasn't for Julian Nagelsmann.

He's also confirmed his love for German football; “I watch Bayern play every weekend,” Ten Hag told SZ in April 2019. "Bayern have become my club. Since Pep [worked in Germany], football in Germany is different."

Although Guardiola undoubtedly influenced him, clearly, there are elements of the German game he has embedded into his own philosophy.

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Ten Hag has also said that his philosophy has "to fit the DNA of Ajax, but that could be different at another club." So, I think if he came in, he'd recognise what Rangnick has implemented and embed that into the way he wants his team to play - similar to how Cruyff's philosophy is shone right through Ajax.

It remains to be seen whether Rangnick would recommend Ten Hag, but I think he could because he's proven that he's a coach that embeds his philosophy into his players.

If he does, it's exciting times at Old Trafford.