While many expect Rangnick to implement his high-pressing football pattern immediately to salvage the problem at Old Trafford and take the club back to its winning track, the German football manager has explained why it will not be possible within a short term.
“I cannot turn the players we have into the pressing monsters I want them to be within two, three or four weeks,” Ralf Rangnick said about his new team.
“You have to be aware of what kind of players you have and where they stand. I cannot ask things of them that they can’t deliver right now.
“I have to take them and accept where they currently are. They are experienced and smart enough to know that.
“My football is definitely not a slow waltz,” he added when asked whether his preferred style resembled Jurgen Klopp’s ‘heavy-metal’ football.
“I am not that far apart from Jurgen in terms of our ideas about a style of football. That’s no secret.
“But the same happened to Jurgen when he came in the middle of the season and they finished eighth or ninth.
“Liverpool had a lot of injuries in that time – muscle injuries – because they were not used to that kind of training. So we have to be smart.”
Rangnick appears to be in pains to explain to us that he has not come to Man United to turn it all around for the short term but rather to establish a playing style for years ahead. He also wants the fans and supporters to believe in him.