Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has spoken out on Erik ten Hag ahead of Saturday’s Premier League showdown with Norwich City. Ten Hag is poised to take over at Old Trafford come the summer, having verbally agreed to leave Ajax. And the Red Devils are hopeful he can bring the glory days back to the Theatre of Dreams as they plan for a brighter future.
Speaking to the media at a press conference, Rangnick spoke cryptically when asked if Ten Hag had agreed to become the club’s next manager.
“I don’t know if it’s a done deal,” said the 63-year-old, who will become a consultant at the end of the season.
“My reply is the same as Erik Ten Hag’s was. My focus is on the game tomorrow.
“Again, we all know he is a good manager, that he has done a good job at Ajax and also at former clubs, but right now it doesn’t make sense to tell you what I think about any other coach.”
It’s intriguing that Rangnick was aware of what Ten Hag said earlier today, with the Ajax boss congratulated on securing the United job during his own press conference.
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“They have the right to express their opinion. Emotionally I can understand them being disappointed.”
On his side’s form, he then said: “We’ve had moments when we’ve played well.
“I think we’ve had quite a few games where we really played well in the way that we played together as a team.
“But what we haven’t done [so far] is do it in a sustainable way and over a longer period of time, and I’m disappointed about that.”
Rangnick has also confirmed Luke Shaw will miss the next four or five weeks of action, too.
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And United will also be without Edinson Cavani and Fred for Saturday’s match at Old Trafford.
“Five players will still be missing for tomorrow and some of them probably for the upcoming games,” he stated.
“You’ve already mentioned Fred and Scott, Raphael Varane will still be missing out, Shaw, who had his bolts and metal stuff removed from his leg and Edinson Cavani – those are the five that will be missing.”
On Shaw specifically, he added: As it seems, he will be out for another at least four weeks, if not five weeks.
“So I think for him it will be difficult to be available for one of the remaining seven games.”