Manchester United are set for a fresh start under new management at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have struck a deal with Ralf Rangnick to become their interim manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.
The German will sign a six-month contract and it has been claimed he could breathe new life into some members of the United squad
Bundesliga expert Kevin Hatchard, who has watched many Rangnick teams during his time in Germany, definitely holds that belief.
He told talkSPORT Drive about Rangnick: “He was a guy who was really a trailblazer when he brought his vision of pressing and counterpressing, that really fast vertical style.
“There are a lot of coaches who were inspired by his book, Thomas Tuchel is one of them.
“Their paths crossed very early in Tuchel’s coaching career and, without his time with Rangnick, he might not have started coaching like he did.
“I think Jurgen Klopp changed some of the ideas for his heavy metal football.
“He’s a guy who basically built the Red Bull football operation from scratch in Leipzig.
“Yes, he had a lot of money to play, but you still have to and it’s a very smart operation. “
Regarding the training Rangnick usually applies, Hatchard added: “Usually [he plays] a back to four, but not always.
“He sometimes played against three, but generally against four.
“He likes 4-4-2 or 4-2-2-2 because what he wants to do is hit you as fast as possible.
“So you see a lot of play going through the middle, but it’s flexible.
“He’s going to polish things up and change things here and there, but what he’s not changing is this willingness to strike at breakneck speeds and this swarming pressing – that won’t be negotiable either.
“I think Jadon Sancho will be a real beneficiary if all goes well.
“Because he’s a guy who, let’s not forget, has been in German football.
“And he’s used to learning how to press triggers, he’s used to knowing when to press the opponent, when not to.
“I think part of the fight at Manchester United is that maybe those instructions weren’t that detailed or the same – I think he struggled in that regard.
“I think he would be perfect for the way Rangnick would like to play.
“Because he’s the kind of guy who makes decisions quickly and usually makes the right decisions.
“He thrives on this kind of broken transition game that Rangnick wants to create.”