RALF RANGNICK admits that a season out of Europe could help new boss Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United rebuild.
The Red Devils are now outsiders for a Champions League spot and could even finish outside the Europa places in eighth if Wolves catch them.
Ralf Rangnick reckons missing out on Europe wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for Manchester United
No European football helped Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool in his first full season with the club and Mikel Arteta has benefitted from free midweeks in establishing Arsenal back in the top four in this campaign.
Rangnick said: “It could be an advantage but that does not mean we will give away any of the remaining four games. For us it’s clear and our obligation.
“This is our job, my job, the job of the players that we try to get the best possible results and then see at the end of the season in which position we will finish.
“Now to speak about if that would be an advantage or not does not make sense because if I did that then this would be interpreted again.
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“For me it’s important we get results, that we play as good as we possibly can, because this will also affect the atmosphere and mood for the new season.”
Rangnick admits however that even an unlikely four wins is unlikely to get them into the top four now.
They have lost three of their last four games to stand sixth, six points behind fourth placed Arsenal having played a game more.
He said: “I don’t think it makes sense now to still speak and speculate about the Champions League, we need to be realistic.
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“Even if we win all four games it’s not in our hands, what is in our hands is how we play, our level of performance. It’s important for this season to finish on the best possible note.
“We have four more games to play, the next two games are at home at Old Trafford and obviously we will try to get as many points and win as many games as we possibly can. In order to do that we need to play on the best level we possibly can.
“Chelsea is a good team but we know that if we play well it’s possible to win the game.”
To do that he needs to lift a team at a very low ebb and he admits morale is a problem
He said: “Obviously, if results are not going well, and we have lost three of the last four games, the morale, energy in the locker room isn’t as good as it would be.
“Still we have to perform, this is what we’re getting paid for.
“It’s important for the players, knowing a new manager is coming in, to show we are able to beat a team like Chelsea, this is our job, this is what everyone has to do and this is what we have been working for.”
Going forward Interim boss Rangnick definitely wants to go into a consultative role at the club believing that there is an exciting future ahead for the club under new boss Erik Ten Hag.
He said: “I’m looking forward to working in that advisory role and obviously helping Erik.
“I strongly believe there is a lot of things that can become better and will become better with a new manager and hopefully with some new players, with some fresh energy in that squad.
“It’s obvious that due to the fact quite a few players’ contracts are expiring that there will be a number of new players and with the quality players that are already here, together with the new manager, I’m very positive that next season will be a lot better.”
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Rangnick still believes that even without Champions League football the club remains an attractive proposition for prospective new signings with Bruno Fernandes committing himself to a new contract an example of that.
He said: “Of course, it would be better if we played Champions League next season but the renewal of the contract of Bruno shows this is an attractive club.
“With a new manager and new approach, this is still a massively interesting club and I look forward to helping Erik and everyone at the club to change the whole approach next season so Manchester United can be a top club.”
By: Giacomo Pisa
Title: Ralf Rangnick admits Man Utd would be better off finishing EIGHTH and missing European football ahead of Ten Hag rebuild
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18396307/ralf-rangnick-man-utd-finish-eighth-erik-ten-hag/
Published Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2022 21:30:00 +0000