Rangnick's focus not on manager search

Friday 08 April 2022 13:51

Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has stressed his full focus is on the Premier League game at Everton on Saturday and not Manchester United's hunt for a new permanent manager.

After intense speculation on that front this week, the German was obviously asked about the rumours during his press conference to preview the 12:30 BST kick-off.

He was determined to emphasise the task in hand is pushing for a place in the top four but did admit that there will likely be discussions regarding his advisory role in the weeks ahead.

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When asked about the summer plans, the boss replied: "Well, as you know, we have agreed upon a contract as an advisor. We will speak about that in the next couple of weeks, I'm pretty sure. At the latest, at the end of the season.

"But, again, right now, my full focus is on tomorrow [the Premier League trip to Goodison Park]."

In terms of the identity of the next manager of the club, Ralf made assurances that each of the candidates has real quality.

"I think this is the press conference for tomorrow's game," he asserted. "And I don't intend to speak about any new managers here. As far as I know, all the managers that the club has spoken with, so far, are all top managers, top coaches. 

"If this includes [Ajax manager] Erik ten Hag, it's also true with him. That's all I can say at this stage. For me, it's about preparing the team for tomorrow's game and for three points tomorrow.

"I know with which coaches they have spoken, so far, and that's why I can say all the coaches they have spoken to, so far, are top coaches. But, again, my focus is on tomorrow, the game tomorrow, and then the upcoming games after tomorrow's game."