Manchester United fans are looking forward to a new era of Gegenpressing at Old Trafford as new boss Ralf Rangnick’s tenure begins.
The German coach is highly regarded by compatriots Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, although his appointment may catch some Reds fans off guard.
As excitement builds around the idea of a new style of play being rolled out at United, here’s a look at when Rangnick is expected to take over the Reds hot seat. He was spotted at Old Trafford on Wednesday, December 1.
Ralf Rangnick was at Old Trafford today with John Murtough. This is his first time at the stadium – he is dreaming of a chance in the Premier League, now it’s time to start. 🔴 #MUFC
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 1, 2021
When was Ralf Rangnick’s first game?
It is unclear exactly when Rangnick will officially become Manchester United manager, with an administrative delay preventing an immediate appearance. He will therefore not be directing proceedings against Arsenal on December 2.
However, it is possible that the German manager will run the first game when United take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday, December 5. The next game will be the Champions League group stage final against Young Boys on Wednesday December 8, a match schedule will also take place at Old Trafford.
While Rangnick has been officially confirmed as the new boss of the Reds on November 29, the club confirmed that caretaker manager Michael Carrick will remain in charge until the former RB Leipzig manager is officially approved to take his place. Carrick took over from former boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, when he was let go on November 21.
Carrick is in charge temporarily following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club have indicated that the former midfielder will continue to fill the role against Arsenal in the Premier League. However, there have been hints that the new interim manager will be a spectator at the match.
“I don’t really have anything to update you,” Carrick told reporters when asked about the possibility of Rangnick being present for the game against Arsenal. “I’m in the position I’ve been in for Villarreal and Chelsea, getting the boys ready for tomorrow night’s game.”
What is the delay in taking over Rangnick?
Despite being appointed at the end of November, Rangnick was delayed from taking over as Manchester United manager because of work permit visa requirements that arose after Brexit.
As a non-UK national who wants to work in the UK, the German coach must meet a number of criteria in order to be allowed to take the job as United boss. An important part of this process is obtaining a Governing Body (GBE) endorsement from the Football Association.
GBE includes a points-based system that takes into account an individual’s qualifications and experience.
In Rangnick’s case, the situation is complicated by the fact that he has not managed a ‘Top Club’ for a ‘Regulated Time’ in the past five years – the ‘Regulation Time’ is the cumulative total of his at least 36 months or a total of 24 months (two years) in a row.
Rangnick’s most recent managerial job over the past five years was from 2018 to 2019, when he managed RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga for 11 months. His executive roles as sporting director, which he has held at Lokomotiv Moscow and Leipzig, do not count towards this process, so he and Manchester United must look for an exception through the Exception Council.
They had to prove to the board that Rangnick was “of the highest caliber” and that he “can significantly contribute to the development of the game at the top level in the UK”. His previous positions and the leagues he has worked in will be reviewed by the panel.