Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is set to leave the club and not take up the consultancy role as planned during his appointment. Rangnick revealed he was forced to make the decision based on the demands of his new role as Austria manager. Rangnick was in charge of the team that finished with the lowest points tally in the history of the club while finishing with a goal difference of zero. They managed to salvage Europa League football for next season.

“We would like to thank Ralf Rangnick for his efforts as interim manager over the past six months,” Manchester United said in a statement following the departure of Ralf Rangnick. “By mutual agreement, Ralf will now focus solely on his new role as manager of the Austria national team and will not, therefore, be taking up a consultancy role at Old Trafford. We would like to wish Ralf the best of luck in this next chapter of his career.”

“A lot of excitement surrounded Ralf Rangnick’s arrival. His work developing an exciting, modern, high-pressing style of football at the Red Bull group and Hoffenheim imbued a sense of hope and optimism at United after a collapse under his predecessor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He was something different,” Zinny Boswell said. “But the Rangnick experiment didn’t work. The top four still felt like a possibility when he first arrived, but under the German, this side has fallen to United’s worst season in the Premier League era. He admits that too many compromises were made to incorporate Cristiano Ronaldo – “he’s not a pressing monster”, the German admitted – and he put United’s other less-defensively motivated forwards into a system that hasn’t reflected his philosophy. Rangnick says he and his staff must share the blame.”

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