Ralf Rangnick has been officially appointed interim manager of Manchester United following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær some time ago. Many are wondering, who is the figure of the interim manager of Manchester United?
Indeed, Rangnick’s figure is not as popular as some of the candidates who were rumored to be training the Red Devils squad such as Pochettino, Valverde, to Erik ten Haag. Here are 5 interesting facts from Ralf Rangnick that you must know.
Started his football career at the Stuttgart academy : Rangnick was born on June 29, 1959 in Backnang, Germany. As a child, he was also raised in Backnang City by his parents, Dietrich and Erika Rangnick. When he was a teenager, he entered the Stuttgart academy even though he was unable to penetrate the main squad.
He decided to defend an English club called Southwick before finally returning to Germany in 1980. His career was actually not too bright as a footballer and he even had a career break in 1987.
Enter the world of football manager at the age of 25 years old : Seeing his career as a footballer that wasn’t too special, Rangnick tried his luck to enter the world of coaching. At that time, he was trying to be a player-coach at his small town club, Victoria Backnang. In fact, he himself is still relatively young, namely 25 years.
Seeing his potential as a great coach, in 1985 Stuttgart appointed him as manager. He also accepted the offer and decided to take a career break as a footballer. Two years later, he was appointed player-coach of the Lippoldsweiler club and decided to retire as a footballer in 1988.
Be an important part of the Red Bull Family revolution in world football : In recent years, surely we are no stranger to the German and Austrian club duo, RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg. Both have emerged as one of the big teams that compete in European competitions such as the Champions League and Europa League. Of course, the Red Bull management who overshadowed the two teams took a long time to improve the team’s performance in the long term.
Ralf Rangnick turned out to be an important part of the Red Bull Family revolution in world football. The reason is, he has served in important positions such as RB Salzburg Sports Director, RB Leipzig manager, RB Bragantino Sports Recruit, Red Bulls Global Sports Director, and many more. He himself just decided to leave the Red Bull Family in July 2020.
Ralf Rangnick’s achievements during his entry into the world of manager : It can be said that Ralf Rangnick is one of the most accomplished managers. While coaching FC Schalke 04, he was able to win the German Cup trophy in the 2010/2011 season. Not only that, with RB Salzburg he won 2 Austrian domestic league trophies and 2 Austrian Cup trophies.
While coaching Hannover 96, he was able to bring the club to victory in the German second tier league competition as well as promotion to the Bundesliga. No wonder Manchester United entered his name as interim coach for the next 6 months.
Mentor for Tuchel, Klopp and Nagelsman : Ralf Rangnick turned out to have been a mentor to the top three German coaches, namely Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp, and Julian Nagelsmann. The three apparently had known each other before their names rose to fame in the past few years. Rangnick had a big influence on the three coaches’ style of play.
Rangnick is known for his gegenpressing tactics and attractive attacks. It is rumored that the three previously mentioned coaches learned a lot from Rangnick on this subject while they both coached the Bundesliga club.
Those are 5 interesting facts from Ralf Rangnick that you must know. The presence of Rangnick’s figure will be a breath of fresh air for the Manchester United squad who are struggling to find their best performance. Will Rangnick be successful during his time at Manchester United?