Ralf Rangnick admits he’s mimicking Sir Alex Ferguson’s long-term plan for Man Utd success

The Manchester United interim manager has conceded he is trying to emulate the greatness of managers that have gone before him at Old Trafford by instilling similar values

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Ralf Rangnick has explained how he is adopting a similar long-term plan to that of Sir Alex Ferguson for as long as he is at the helm of Manchester United.

The 63-year-old German has enjoyed a solid start to life as interim boss, though his plans have been somewhat disrupted by a recent Covid outbreak within the United ranks, ensuring the Carrington training base was forced to close temporarily.

As a result, both of United’s games against Brentford and Brighton respectively were postponed, meaning Rangnick has only overseen three fixtures in total, two coming in the Premier League the other in Europe.

While so early into his reign, Rangick is yet to taste defeat as United boss and has conceded just once during the 1-1 draw with BSC Young Boys.

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Ralf Rangnick has indicated he wants to favour a youthful approach


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During his pre-match media duties ahead of United’s clash with Newcastle on Monday night, Rangnick explained how he is trying to emulate both Ferguson and the late Sir Matt Busby when it comes to youth development.

“I think since the Busby Babes this has always been part of the DNA of the club and the same was true under Sir Alex Ferguson in those 27 years,” the United boss claimed.

“It’s not only about youth, it’s about being talented and having the right personality and mentality and if those things come together then of course I want to play as many of those young players as possible.

“We had three, four or five of them in our squad already and for me it’s important to develop those players.”

Rangnick has already made it clear he is not afraid to deploy youngsters if the opportunity presents itself.

During his only Champions League game at the helm, the German gave first-team debuts to six United stars as the Red Devils played six teenagers over the course of the 90 minutes – just the second time an English side has done that, the first Arsenal in 2009.

Ahead of the trip to St James Park, Rangnick also took the chance to heap praise on another young United talent in Hannibal Mejbri, who is yet to feature under the German due to international duty.

Hannibal Mejbri has not played under Ralf Rangnick yet


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“Hannibal was here training for the first time since I arrived having just come back from the Arab Cup,” Rangnick explained.

“Unfortunately for us and for him he will be missing out [with us] again in January because of the Africa Cup of Nations.

“I watched the final before his substitution and I’m fully aware that we have another good, highly-talented player coming from our youth ranks and hopefully after the Africa Cup of Nations he can regularly train and be part of our group.”

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