Manchester United’s prospective interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s imminent arrival could spell trouble for a specific player at the club.
The tactical mastermind brings a lot of potential to the Theatre of Dreams. In particular, the German could add functional coherence and meaningful pressing to a side that has often appeared without a clear-cut vision in the past few weeks.
Further, Rangnick is expected to remain at the club for quite a while, with reports suggesting that he may remain in a consultancy role even beyond his initial interim role.
However, some of his past comments on existing players at the club do spell interesting things for a few.
Speaking to a general array of questions back in 2020, Rangnick had this to say about Jadon Sancho’s potential: “Last season he had 17 goals and 17 assists in 32 league games. Jadon is now 20 or 21… In a years time he will still be one of the hottest players in the market.”
It is fair to say that the English forward has not immediately fulfilled all his expectations at the Mancunian side. His first goal for the outfit came in the Champions League encounter against Villarreal earlier this week.
Regardless, Sancho will have a lot more to prove under the new style of management.
The same may not be true of Luke Shaw who was the subject of a critical appraisal from the incoming gaffer.
Speaking about United’s left-back prospects, Rangnick added: “I also think they could do with a left-back, I know they have Luke Shaw but I’m not so sure if he’s still on the same kind of level you need to be for a club like Manchester United.”
Interestingly, Shaw did function impeccably and put on excellent form around the period of time these comments were made. However, the same saw a sharp dip in the recent weeks, culminating in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.
Time will tell what Rangnick’s reign holds in stock for these youngsters.