The new manager of Manchester United , Ralf Rangnick, is known to be very disciplined at his old club, RB Leipzig. He even has a wheel of fortune that lists the types of punishments that will be given to players who break the rules.
Ralf Rangnick officially joined Manchester United as successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this week. He will be interim manager until the end of the season, then consultant to the club for the next two years.
Rangnick believes time for a professional footballer is more valuable than money. As a result, he rejected the idea of imposing monetary fines for the players.
“A fine rarely has any effect. It hurts more for the players when they have less time,” Rangnick said recently, as reported by The Sun.
Instead of imposing a monetary fine, he opted for a bizarre punishment written on the “wheel of fortune”. The concept is simple, players who break the rules just spin the wheel and then get punished as written from the side they get.
There are 12 types of writing on the wheel of fortune, 11 bad and one “get out of jail” card.
Here are 12 types of strange and gokil punishments a la Ralf Rangnick that might be re-applied at Manchester United .
Clean the Ball and Train the Academy Team
1. Pump the ball, bring it to the field, and clean it
For 30 minutes per day for a week, this task will see players having to make sure the ball is inflated and ready to go.
Better yet, the balls should be completely clean.
2. Coaching the academy team
An important part of Manchester United’s success is the players who have dropped out of the club’s academy. If a player lands here, they have to coach one of the academy teams for four hours when they have a free day.
Become a Stadium Tour Guide and Good Luck Penalty Free
3. Stadium tour guide
You ‘ll be in luck if you take a tour of the Old Trafford stadium and meet one of the Red Devils’ stars.
If a player spins the wheel of fortune and falls into this category, they will face absolutely no penalty and will be counting their lucky stars.
Mowing the Grass of the Practice Field and Wearing a Ballerina
5. Mowing and tending the practice field grass
As you’d expect, the grounds at Carrington are perfectly manicured. If they break the rules, players can assist the field guards in mowing the grass and tending the training area for four to six hours a week of practice.
6. Wearing a tutu aka ballerina dress
Probably the worst on the list and the most embarrassing. Dare to mess around in front of Rangnick, and you’ll be forced to wear a pink ballerina tutu for 90 minutes of practice.
Fill a Water Bottle and Become an Assistant in the Club Shop
7. Filling the water bottle
Athletes should never become dehydrated while training. Bad players have to mix drinks before practice and fill water bottles for 20 minutes per day for the whole week.
8. Become an Assistant in the Club Shop
This is a punishment you don’t want to face during busy periods.
Serve Food at the Team Cafe and Become an Assistant to Take Care of Team Equipment
9. Serve food in the team cafe and clean the table
For 30 minutes per day, a star had to serve his teammates dinner cooked by the chef. Worse, he was expected to clean up after they finished eating.
10. Become an Assistant in charge of Team Equipment
Again, not a glamorous job for a well-paid Manchester United star. This task will require someone to take care of dirty clothes, and make sure shoes are clean for 30 minutes per day.
Empty the Team Bus and Purchase Gifts for Staff
11. Clearing the team bus
Man Utd have an amazing team bus, worth £400,000. So, you can imagine there is a lot of content in the luxury bus. If you break the rules, be prepared to get the task of emptying the team bus for 30 minutes.
12. Buying gifts for staff
With the wages of United’s players, this punishment will not reduce their salaries too much.
But, if it’s against the rules, then you have to buy a small gift for 60 staff members.