Ralf Rangnick has Manchester United problem, Jurgen Klopp did not have to deal with in Liverpool – Connor O’Neill

Ralf Rangnick may still be undefeated as interim manager of Manchester United, but it does not appear that everything is good for the German at the club.

United delivered a largely flat and incoherent performance against Newcastle United on Monday night as they were held to a 1-1 draw.

Allan Saint-Maximin fired Newcastle inside the opening 10 minutes before Edinson Cavani’s second-half effort from close range saved Rangnick’s team a point.

United have won two and drawn two from Rangnick’s four responsible matches, and afterwards the German admitted that the performance was a ‘negative surprise’.

He said: “Every ambitious coach and there is no difference between other coaches and myself in the field, wants to take faster steps and bigger steps forward.

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“But to do that, you have to be able to train, and as you know, we had to close Carrington for four days.

“Before that, we had eight or nine fielders in training right after the Norwich match, and they only came back in small pieces.

“The last three days we were almost back at full strength in terms of the size of the squad, but we could not do that much in training. On the other hand, the team looked good on the two-three training sessions.

“Therefore, it was really a bit of a, in today’s match, a negative surprise, the way we played in terms of the game’s speed and pace and physique.”

Prior to his appointment at United, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted that he felt ‘a good coach’ landed in the Premier League.

But it seems that the same players who threw Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær under the bus have not changed.

As Roy Keane once put it during a performance on Sky: “A leopard never changes its spots.”

So in a way, it should come as no surprise to see a United manager struggling to get his ideas through.

When Jurgen Klopp joined Liverpool in 2015, he had a rebuilding job on hand as the squad needed a complete overhaul.

But for Rangnick at United, he inherited a team of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Cavani, Harry Maguire, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

The two situations could not be more different, but Rangnick can quickly see why they before him have failed and were eventually fired.

Liverpool knew as a club, not just their players, that they needed change.

And more importantly, they knew Klopp was the right man to implement the necessary changes.

While one gets the feeling that United players are not quite in on what their interim boss wants to enforce.

Since he is ultimately only interim and there is a very good chance that he will be moved into his consulting role at the end of the season.



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Liverpool, at the time of Klopp’s arrival, may not have had the most talented players, but they all brought in clearly what Klopp wanted to do.

And although many of them ultimately proved not to be good enough to take on the journey Klopp has taken Liverpool on, they still listened and did what was asked of them when he arrived.

For Rangnick, that type of commitment seems a million miles away for him, and his side’s results and performance certainly reflect that.

Klopp has had to endure a lot in Liverpool, but he has never once had players who have not listened to what he has to say or have not responded to his instructions about tactics or the way he wants his team to play. .

Rangnick arrived at Old Trafford to not only give the club a much-needed boost, but also a new identity. But until the players listen, as Liverpool did to Klopp, things will remain as they are.

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