26 Nov

Ralf Rangnick: The high-pressing German coaching guru Man Utd are turning to

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When incoming interim boss Ralf Rangnick begins toanalyserecent Manchester United matches, Cristiano Ronaldos opening goal at Villarreal will bring a smile to his face.

The high pressing of Fred to create the opportunityisa hallmark of teams coached by the German, but he will find very few other examples of the Gegenpressing tactic he is widelycredited for in other clipshe watchesof his soon-to-be new side.

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In many ways Rangnick is partly responsible for Ole Gunnar Solskjaers demise, albeit inadvertently.

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He has helped shape the football of two of Uniteds current biggest rivals in Liverpool and Chelsea, which perhaps contributed towards the Norwegian this season attempting to move away from a counter-attacking style that had brought moderate success during his tenure.

Both Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel credit the 63-year-old Rangnick for inspiring their own versions of Gegenpressing, a high-octane ball-recovery tactic he has implemented with his teams since the 1980s.

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With Chelsea and Liverpool looking ominously ahead of United, it will be the Red Devils new interim boss who will betasked with not only trying to bridge the gap but to oversee a change of style during the rest of the campaign once his release from Lokomotiv Moscow is secured.

The Backnang-born coach who will be walking through the doors at Old Trafford has long had an affiliation with this country after studying at the University of Sussex where he used his time in England to play non-league football for Southwick.

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