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Ralf Rangnick hails Manchester United’s talented squad after taking interim manager role

New interim manager Ralf Rangnick has hailed the “talent” in Manchester United’s squad after taking charge until the end of the season.

United confirmed on Monday that Rangnick would be the man to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the short term, and that the German would stay on at the club for two years after his coaching stint to offer consultancy to the club’s hierarchy.

Rangnick made his name in German football building clubs including Hoffenheim and RB Leizpig, and is credited with inspiring elite coaches such as Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, whom he will now face as rivals in the Premier League. The 63-year-old is famed for his distinctive style of play and has been dubbed the ‘godfather of gegenpressing’, a tactic which involves aggressively trying to win back possession after it is lost, a strategy Klopp has used to great effect at Liverpool.

There have been question marks around Rangnick’s suitability to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo, who returned to Old Trafford this summer, but in his first statement since being confirmed into the role, the manager complimented the squad’s talent as well as its “balance”.

“I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club,” Rangnick said. “The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.

“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”

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