Man Utd caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick has been at the club less than a month but it is evident that he has made a number of changes already at the club. Although their last two matches have been postponed due to a Covid outbreak at the club, Rangnick has wasted no time in finding the problems and solving them. Sascha Lense, a sports psychologist was brought into the club with Rangnick having worked with him at RB Leipzig.
“I wouldn’t say I was surprised,” Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick said. “I know from Germany there are quite a few clubs who do not work with a sports psychologist. But, for me, it is absolutely logical. Every club has different experts for goalkeeping, for physical performance, for different areas of the field – defense, midfield, offense. The team of experts at some teams is probably bigger than the number of players in a squad.”
“If you then consider the brain, the head, the way players, staff members or coaches think is the most relevant ones, then for me it is only logical to have the best possible expert from that area in your staff,” he added. “This is what it’s all about, to help the players think the right things and not think the wrong things. To develop players, the brain should help the body perform at the highest possible level. This is part of the jigsaw, of the puzzle. It’s important for any top club, and Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world.”