Ralf Rangnick and Manchester United consultancy turn around after Crystal Palace comments

Ralf Rangnick’s comments after Manchester United’s defeat at Crystal Palace pointed to the German staying at Old Trafford for his role as a consultant.

United announced on Sunday that Rangnick would leave the club before starting his role as a consultant. The 63-year-old will lead the Austrian national team full-time.

In a statement, the club said: “We would like to thank Ralf Rangnick for his efforts as caretaker manager over the past six months. By mutual agreement, Ralf will now focus solely on his new role as manager of the Austrian national team and therefore does not take on an advisory role at Old Trafford.”

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However, this sudden turn of events is even more surprising considering Rangnick’s comments after the loss to Crystal Palace last weekend. Speaking about his move to the consultant role, Rangnick detailed his discussions with new boss Erik ten Hag about the consultant role.

He said: “We have been in touch via WhatsApp and I hope we will have the opportunity to meet and talk in person, either on the weekend or Monday morning at the latest. I look forward to talk to him in person and get to know him in person.”

He then added: “We talked about it [his consultancy] in detail. About all the different areas where I might be able to help.

“It’s not that easy or that hard to know in which areas it might be. I think we’ve shown that over the last 15 years with Hoffenheim, Salzburg and Leipzig, even for smaller clubs than Manchester United , it is possible to identify, develop and even at some point sell.

“I know that Manchester United are not a selling club but rather a developing and buying club, but it is possible and that is what is most important, that the club find players for whom it is the logical next step in their career, to develop their sporting career. If that happens, I can be positive and I can hopefully encourage our fans to bring United back to the top.”

Seven days later, Rangnick will not look ahead to next season with United. Instead, he will focus entirely on Austria where he will take charge for the first time against Croatia on Friday in the Nations League.

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