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Austria star sends Manchester United damning Ralf Rangnick message after EURO 2024 heroics



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Manchester United have been sent a damning message about Ralf Rangnick following Austria’s heroics during the 2024 European Championships.

Ralf Rangnick‘s tenure at Manchester United, which began in December 2021 and concluded at the end of the 2021-2022 season, was marked by mixed results and a lack of consistent improvement throughout the campaign.

Brought in as an interim manager following Ole Gunnar Solskjær‘s dismissal from the managerial post, Rangnick was tasked with stabilising the team and instilling a pressing style of play that was lacking at Old Trafford.

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Despite his reputation for implementing high-energy, organised football, United struggled to adapt to his methods. The squad finished the Premier League season in sixth place, securing a spot in the Europa League but failing to meet the expectations many had set.

During his tenure, key players underperformed and results were inconsistent, including disappointing exits from the FA Cup and the Champions League.

Off the pitch, Rangnick’s impact was anticipated to be more profound in his consultancy role post-management alongside new boss Erik ten Hag, aiming to help reshape the club’s footballing strategy and recruitment. However, just weeks into the agreement being made, both parties mutually agreed to part ways shortly after Erik ten Hag was appointed.

Rangnick used his short stint as manager to highlight the challenges of managing a club with deep-rooted issues and high expectations. Ultimately, he left behind a “what could have been” image at the club had he been allowed to organise Old Trafford with the structure he had been so successful within Germany.

Following this, Rangnick was appointed manager of the Austrian national team, and many wondered what the country saw in him at United that many missed—they have reaped rewards since.

So far at the 2024 European Championships, Rangnick has led his squad to a top-of-the-group finish while facing France, the Netherlands, and Poland. They will face Turkey in the next round.

Austrian striker Andreas Weimann has now spoken out about Rangnick’s time at United, defending the German manager.

“In Manchester, it didn’t work that well for our coach,” the 32-year-old said at a news conference on Friday.

“But I think it’s looking worse for Man United now than it is for the coach. So that’s why even in England, people appreciate him more and more.”

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