Ralf Rangnick uses Jurgen Klopp comparison to urge patience with Manchester United
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace
Manchester United picked up an impressive 3-2 win over top-6 rivals Arsenal on Thursday evening.
Just a few days later, the Red Devils are back in Premier League action, taking on Crystal Palace at 2 pm UK time later today.
United head into what is set to be Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge on a solid run of form.
The Manchester outfit have played out three games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left. They would beat Villarreal 2-0, draw with Chelsea 1-1 and then see off Arsenal by three goals to two.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have been struggling for form in their last several outings.
Ralf Rangnick calls for patience
Now, ahead of Rangnick’s debut, the German has seemingly moved to urge patience at the club.
Ralf Rangnick is well known for his pressing style, whilst Man United – under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – were quite well known for having a very ineffective pressing style.
So, Man United fans are no doubt hoping that Rangnick will be able to turn their side into pressing monsters.
However, Rangnick has moved to highlight Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team from when he first took over at the club to show that it does not take just a few weeks to make a side into an effective pressing outfit – seemingly suggesting that Man United will need quite some time to adapt to Rangnick’s demands.
“I am not that far apart from Jurgen in terms of our ideas about a style of football. That’s no secret. But you have to be aware of what kind of players you have and where they stand.
“I cannot ask them things that they can’t deliver right now.
“I have to take them and accept where they currently are. They are experienced and smart enough to know that.
“I cannot turn the players we have into the pressing monsters I want them to be within two, three or four weeks.
“The same happened to Jurgen when he came in the middle of the season and they finished eighth or ninth.
“Liverpool had a lot of injuries in that time – muscle injuries – because they were not used to that kind of training. So we have to be smart.”
Quotes via the Liverpool Echo.