Sport Cesar Azpilicueta warns Man Utd's form will change under Ralf Rangnick
Man Utd close to appointing Rangnick as interim manager
Ralf Rangnick is close to finalising a deal to become Manchester United interim manager until the end of the season. Discussions are ongoing over a deal that would also see Rangnick remain at the club for two years beyond the end of the season in a consultancy role. © Associated Press Rangnick, 63, is one of the most respected names in German football and is currently manager of sports and development for Lokomotiv Moscow. United remain in talks with the Russian club over an agreement to release him.
Cesar Azpilicueta believes Ralf Rangnick's arrival could swiftly turn's fortunes around and the German could have an impact similar to Thomas Tuchel's on .
The 20-time champions of England sackedlast week following a disastrous 4-1 loss at , a fifth reversal in the last seven Premier League outings.
The defeat left United 12 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, whom they face at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Caretaker manager Michael Carrick will be in charge for the game against the Blues, with Rangnick set to be appointed as United's interim manager until the end of the campaign.
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Sportsmail understands the 63-year-old German coach - who is head of sports and development at Lokomotiv - has agreed terms on a six-month contract at Old Trafford.Sportsmail understands the 63-year-old German coach - who is head of sports and development at Lokomotiv - has agreed terms on a six-month contract at Old Trafford following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking last weekend.
Chelsea know all too well the feeling of replacing a club legend halfway through the season, having replaced Frank Lampard with Tuchel in January.
'In both cases, they are playing legends and they feel the club a lot and you want the best for your club,' Azpilicueta told.
'Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. They were not good times [when Lampard was sacked]. We were in a bad position.'
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Chelsea players, Azpilicueta added, 'knew the season wasn't over' and Tuchel completely transformed the Blues, leading them to lift the Champions League and to the FA Cup final.
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SCOTT PATTERSON - REPUBLIK OF MANCUNIA: Rangnick believes he has a lot to offer and has ensured his role in helping us get back to where we should be won't end this season.Now, Ralf Rangnick is on the brink of taking over until the end of the season before moving into an advisory role with a manager taking over on a longer-term basis.
The Blues captain expects United will respond in similar fashion to Rangnick's arrival.
'Whether it’s an interim manager, head coach or whatever you want to call it, everybody wants to turn things around. [...] Players have their own pride,' he added.
'You want to prove yourself.'
The connection between Rangnick and Tuchel stretch beyond being appointed by two Premier League heavyweights to replace club legends mid-season.
One of the architects of Gegenpressing (counter-pressing), Rangnick's tactical approach heavily Tuchel, whom Rangnick gave his first coaching job to as Stuttgart's youth manager.
'He helped me a lot because he was my coach and then he was one of the main figures to convince me to try coaching, so he had a huge influence on all of us at this time,' the Chelsea boss said on Friday.
Jurgen Klopp, another of Rangnick's disciples, admitted his compatriot's imminent arrival was not good news for the Premier League as United would become a better team.
'Yeah, unfortunately a good coach is coming to England so that's how it is, to Manchester United,' he said.
'United will be organised on the pitch I think we should realise that and that's obviously not good news for other teams.'
Premier League: Rangnick: Why work permit still missing .
Ralf Rangnick is taken until the summer 2022 coach of Manchester United. Its office is delayed by the bureaucracy. © Provided by SPOX Ralf Rangnick is new interim coach at Manchester United . However, his debut on the sideline is delayed by a missing work permit. That announced United in an official statement. More at SPOX Rangnick Buhls at Leipzig-Star PEP: "Will always be coach of City" reason for this is the Brexit, Rangnick is still waiting for a valid work visa.