Ralf Rangnick admitted he does not know if Erik ten Hag to Man Utd will go through, and revealed what’s disappointed him most during his reign.
Rangnick appears destined to be succeeded by Ajax manager Ten Hag. Widespread reporting from a plethora of trusted sources have all confirmed United have a verbal agreement with the Dutchman.
An official announcement isn’t expected to come until after the Dutch Cup final on Sunday. That is to ensure Ajax’s hopes of securing a Dutch domestic double aren’t interfered with.
Yet speaking in his Friday press conference, Rangnick was asked about Ten Hag’s status.
The German – despite the fact he’ll remain with the club behind the scenes when relieved of the manager’s job – stressed he doesn’t know if Ten Hag’s deal is done.
“I don’t know if it’s a done deal,” he said via the Manchester Evening News. “My reply is the same as Erik Ten Hag’s was.
“My focus is on the game tomorrow. Again, we all know he is a good manager, that he has done a good job at Ajax and also at former clubs, but right now it doesn’t make sense to tell you what I think about any other coach.”
For the time being, Rangnick and his squad must focus their attention solely on Norwich.
Rangnick confirms five Man Utd injuries
The Canaries are United’s Premier League opponent on Saturday. If they are to keep their hopes of securing a top four finish alive, only a win will suffice.
However, Rangnick revealed he’ll be without no fewer than five players through injury.
“Five players will still be missing for tomorrow and some of them probably for the upcoming games,” Rangnick continued.
“You’ve already mentioned Fred and Scott [McTominay]. Raphael Varane will still be missing out, [Luke] Shaw, who had his bolts and metal stuff removed from his leg and Edinson Cavani. Those are the five that will be missing.”
On the subject of United’s suspect form, Rangnick labelled the fact his players have been unable to produce a sustained purple patch of form as a notable disappointment.
The German continued: “We’ve had moments when we’ve played well. I think we’ve had quite a few games where we really played well in the way that we played together as a team.
“But what we haven’t done [so far] is do it in a sustainable way and over a longer period of time, and I’m disappointed about that.”
When asked to explain why Manchester United have once again flattered to deceive, he concluded: “I can imagine what the reasons are.
“Without using it as an excuse, we have lost a few players since the West Ham game, for example, we lost three of our strikers, who were all part of that game and part of that last second goal that we scored.
“Right now, we are missing quite a few others players with Fred and McTominay, our two defensive midfielders, so this is probably one reason, but in total, it’s that we’re not sustainably playing at the highest possible level.”
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