Ralf Rangnick has revealed that he is yet to hold talks with incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag about the future of the club.
Rangnick is in interim charge of first-team matters at Old Trafford until the end of the season, after which he will take over the Austrian national team and move into a consultancy role at United.
90min understands that Ten Hag was Rangnick’s preferred choice to land the manager’s job, though the German did not have a direct influence in the decision-making process.
And speaking to Sky Sports recently he revealed that he had not yet found time to talk with the club’s new coach.
“I’m pretty sure he’s got my phone number!” he joked. “He’s got another couple of games to play with Ajax, we have another three games to play here. Whenever he wants to speak with me and exchange our opinions, I’m more than happy to do that.”
United have endured a miserable season and currently sit sixth in the Premier League, six points shy of the Champions League places with just three matches to play. Fifth-placed Tottenham and sixth-placed Arsenal will also both have two games in hand over the Red Devils once they play Brentford on Monday night.
Despite United being on course for their lowest-ever points tally this term, Rangnick went on to insist he was optimistic about the future.
Listen now to 90min’s Manchester United podcast, The Promised Land, with Scott Saunders & Rob Blanchette. On this week’s show they discuss Ralf Rangnick’s appointment as Austria boss, as well as asking whether United should be building around Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Knowing Erik will be the manager, with a good recruitment process and bringing in the right players, I’m very positive the supporters and the media will be able to see a better team and, at the end, hopefully a better position in the league,” he said.
“There are quite a few good examples in the league with when Jurgen Klopp came to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola to Manchester City, Thomas Tuchel came to Chelsea – yes, he came in the middle of the season and inherited a top-quality squad, but you still need to win the Champions League.
“If you know what you’re looking for, the profiles of the different positions you need, it shouldn’t hopefully take too long.”
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