Rio Ferdinand has criticised Ralf Rangnick’s direct approach in the media as ‘distasteful’ whilst he’s been Manchester United interim manager, believing that he should focus on the issues behind the scenes.
Rangnick has not been one to hide his feelings since he joined at Old Trafford. He most recently revealed that the board would not sanction a last-minute January signing for him after Anthony Martial went on loan and Mason Greenwood was suspended.
However, He has been unable to improve a Manchester United team that was struggling under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before him. His direct approach in the media is something that the former United defender is not impressed with.
“I don’t agree with the way that he’s airing the dirty laundry in public while he’s still in the hot seat. There’s information that he’s letting out… you’re still in the job, man.” Ferdinand proclaimed on FIVE’s YouTube channel.
“Relax, have some respect for the people around you and make waves behind the scenes. Push and pull and jostle for positions and outcomes behind the scenes with people.”
The move that was initially one of excitement for United fans has not worked out the way they would’ve liked it to. The German coach had been known for his ‘Gegenpressing’ but has been unable to properly implement it in a side that had looked to have given up on the season for months.
Rangnick has not been afraid to suggest that the players are not good enough at the club, or to reference the approach that has led to United’s worst points tally in Premier League history, but it can appear that he’s creating a personal barrier from the influence that has led the team here.
“He’s saying a lot of stuff to almost distance himself from responsibility, he has to accept some responsibility that the team has got worse since he joined.
“I thought it was the right time to move Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] on.” Ferdinand admitted. “He did a good job up until that point but I thought it wasn’t a bad decision to move him on. The problem was that it was without a plan.
“Rangnick comes in and for all of the great work he’s done at his previous clubs, a lot of that was done in terms of recruitment and bringing players in. He’s been brought in to be a manager and manage this team and navigate them to Champions League football. He’s failed in that department, and that’s undeniable.
“But then he’s shifting blame all over the place, and that’s the bit that I find a little bit distasteful.“
Rangnick will manage his last game in charge for the club in two weeks time, when United face Crystal Palace on the last day of the season. The 63-year-old will then move into his consultancy position, which he will work on alongside his role as the national team manager of Austria, and Erik ten Hag will come into the managerial position.