Rangnick reveals insightful conversation with Solskjaer

Friday 03 December 2021 10:17

Ralf Rangnick has spoken at length with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to glean the former manager's insight into the current Manchester United squad, our new interim boss has revealed.

The German coach was unveiled to the press on Friday morning and is set to take charge of his first game as United manager on Sunday at home to Crystal Palace.

Solskjaer was in charge of the side for a little under three years, and Rangnick explained that he had sought out a conversation with the Norwegian to learn as much as he could in anticipation of starting the role.

"I spoke with Ole last Sunday before the game against Chelsea for almost two hours," Rangnick told reporters at Old Trafford.

Ralf was at Thursday night's win against Arsenal, where a banner in tribute to Solskjaer was unfurled.

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We were looking forward to hearing from Ralf for the first time and the new man at the helm did not disappoint.

"He was very generous to spend, as I said, [more than] one-and-a-half hours on the phone with me, telling all his inside details about the team."

Rangnick answered a wide variety of questions, but a consistent theme in his first press conference as boss surrounded his aims for the next couple of years, not just this season.

Asked whether United have the quality to challenge for the major honours, the 63-year-old explained his confidence in the side.

"It's definitely good enough to compete," he said.

"The top three teams are very good with great managers. When Jurgen [Klopp] came to Liverpool, it definitely wasn't a better squad than what I have at United."

Having described there being an 'abundance of talent' in the squad, Rangnick was asked about where he hopes the club will be in the future.

"Well, in the ideal world, we will not only be in the top four regularly but also playing for titles," he answered.

"This is also something that is in the DNA of the club, winning leagues, winning cups, being as successful as you can be in the Champions League.

"This is also an issue for the new year; we're still in the Champions League and depending on the draw, hopefully can get further in that competition and in two-and-a-half years, I think the DNA of the club is clearer, you have to be as successful as you can be."