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Ralf Rangnick's quotes from first Man Utd press conference

Mudeet Arora
Ralf Rangnick gave his first Man Utd conference on Friday
Ralf Rangnick gave his first Man Utd conference on Friday / BARBARA GINDL/GettyImages
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Ralf Rangnick has given his first press conference as Manchester United manager and as expected there have been some explosive words from the German maestro already.

We take a look at every single quote in his first presser as he takes over the helm at Old Trafford:


Rangnick started by stating, "Thanks for coming and getting up that early. Most early press conference in my life. If a club like Man United contacts you for such a role, you cannot possibly turn it down."


On what he thinks about the club:

"At the time, when Chelsea contacted me, they only talked about the option to become interim manager for four months. We're talking about sic a half months [at United] and we also have a two-year advisory role. If Manchester United contact you for such role then you can't turn it down."

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On what is his target for Manchester United:

"The major target for me is just to bring more balance to the team. We conceded two goals yesterday and if you look at the total of number of goals conceded, it is on average of two a game. That is just too much. Those are not the kind of games you need every day. In football to me, it's to minimise the coincidence factor."

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On whether United will make a comeback in the Premier League table:

"It's about winning games and, in the end, I'm very ambitious. We want to make the most successful season that is possible. Right now, we have to be realistic. The difference between us and the top three is big. But let's see. "

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Will he stay at Manchester United beyond the six months role?

"The people with whom I've spoken with, they have been very clear that it is a six-month role. We have never spoken about what will happen in the summer. If they will speak about me with that, we will see. if they ask me about my opinion, I might make the same recommendation that I did at RB Leipzig twice, that it might be better to work with me for one year."

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His thoughts on Manchester United's post-Fergie era

"It's not unusual that after along. successful spell, the club needs to find a new pathway. The club has had no continuity in signing new players and sticking to the DNA of the club. In the future, the board members and my self have the same opinion. It's important not to have many changes in management."

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Thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo and whether he would fit in his system

"At his age I've never seen a player who is still that physically fit."

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Thoughts on Carrick and the coaching staff

"Michael, I got to know this two days ago. I met with Michael and Kieran, I had a long private conversation for more than an hour. I tried to convince him to stay, in the end, I had to accept that. I'm more than happy to work with the current coaching staff, I need their expertise. I will try to find two or three people that will join us in the coming weeks, but due to Brexit, it's not that easy."

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Speaking about transfers and recruitment strategy

"We haven't spoken about new players. Now is the time to get to know the current squad in detail, the squad is definitely not too small. There is enough players. Maybe after Christmas, there will be a time to talk about possible transfers in the winter. In my experience, winter is not the time for sustainable transfers. It will be difficult in the winter."

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What's Rangnick's vision for Manchester United?

"It can only go game by game, step by step. You have to make sure you have the biggest chance to win the next game then step by step. Let the players follow and buy into the idea that I can offer them on how we want to play in the future. Pep has been at City for three years, Jurgen for five, Thomas only came in February, but in time-wise, they're a little ahead of us in the way they want to develop. I'm more than happy with the players we have here."

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Rangnick on if he's getting any bonus if he signs big players

"£10m for Erling Haaland, £10m for Kylian Mbappe, £10m for Robert Lewandowski and £10m for Joshua Kimmich. This is nonsense obviously. There is no such clause in my contract. It doesn't make sense to speculate over any new players. Erling Haaland is a fantastic striker. I know best myself because I was together with the people at RB Salzburg at the time. I was also a little bit involved with the move [Haaland's] from Molde to Salzburg therefore I know what kind of player he is, but in the meantime, the whole world has realised how good the player is. Two years ago, it was only a few people who believed. I'm more than happy. The offensive players we have here, we have so many top players in the offensive department that we don't need to speak about any other players."

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Rangnick on if he spoke to Joel Glazer or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

"I had a long telephone call with Joel Glazer. I also spoke with Ole, who told me all of his insight on the team."

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Rangnick on preserving Manchester United's history

"Looking back to the times of Best and Charlton, I had a look into Google the other week about the most famous players. you could line up top four teams in the last 50 0r 60 years. I also know about the disaster in Munich. The legacy of this club is unique. We have to follow this legacy and make sure the DNA will also be respected."

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Speaking on his training pattern

"Modern football in the last 10 years, it has completely changed into a more physical, more athletic, more vertical game. In order to develop teams, you need to train the bodies and the brains."

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On what he liked in the game against Arsenal

"All of you saw the game. The first half was shaky with this unlucky goal. Even myself, I said where is David? After that goal, it was a major blow for the team, they were lacking confidence. Which is normal after the recent weeks. It was important to get the equaliser before halftime. You could see the potential that was in the team. To transfer the game away from our own box into an area where we have our assets."

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