Ralf Rangnick’s reign began with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, with Manchester United’s shift in approach clearly apparent in the German’s first 90 minutes in the dugout.
He was delighted by how his players responded to his ideas and pressed the visitors to consistently win the ball in the final third. However, there’s still a lot of work to be done at Carrington to engineer the Palace performance on a regular basis and against more quality oppositions.
Rangnick certainly recognises that and has been looking to bring in new coaches to better implement his philosophy in Manchester, and he has wasted no time in securing a new assistant.
Former New York Red Bulls manager Chris Armas will join United, replacing Michael Carrick in the club’s backroom staff, as per journalist Fabrizio Romano. The American is available after being sacked as coach of Toronto FC in July, and has already obtained his work permit.
Both Rangnick and Armas have worked under the Red Bull network, and the latter also prefers proactive style of play. The New York Red Bulls racked up impressive numbers in ball recoveries and high-pressing in MLS under his coaching.
According to the Daily Mail, Sports psychologist Sascha Lense will become Rangnick’s second staff appointment.
He previously worked with the 63-year-old at Schalke and RB Leipzig. He was introduced to United players at Carrington on Monday, but is still waiting for clearance on his visa.