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Ralf Rangnick will not take on an advisory role at Manchester United | football news

Ralf Rangnick will not remain in his advisory role at Manchester United next season.

The German, who took on an interim role at United in November, said he made the decision due to the demands of his new role as Austria manager.

Rangnick led United to their worst season of the Premier League era as they finished sixth with 58 points and zero goal difference.

A club statement said: “We would like to thank Ralf Rangnick for his work as interim manager over the past six months.

“By mutual agreement, Ralf will now concentrate exclusively on his new role as manager of the Austrian national team and will therefore not take on an advisory role at Old Trafford.

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Erik ten Hag says the decision to keep Ralf Rangnick in an advisory role will ultimately be up to the club but made it clear he will draw his own conclusions

“We wish Ralf the best of luck in this next chapter of his career.”

United’s new manager Erik ten Hag took questions about Rangnick in his first press conference on Monday but was coy when asked if he would echo his predecessor’s views.

“I think that’s part of my analysis,” he said. “I watch and talk to a lot of people. But in the end I will draw my own line.”

When pressed if he endorsed Rangnick’s advisory role, he added: “That’s on the club.”

What will Rangnick’s legacy be from Man Utd?

Sky Sports’ Zinny Boswell:

Great excitement surrounded the arrival of Ralf Rangnick. His work in developing an exciting, modern, high-pressing style of football with the Red Bull group and Hoffenheim has infused a sense of hope and optimism at United after the collapse under his predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He was something else.

But the Rangnick experiment didn’t work. The top four still felt like a possibility upon his arrival, but under the German this side have fallen into United’s worst season of the Premier League era.

He admits too many compromises have been made to integrate Cristiano Ronaldo – “he’s not a pressing monster,” admitted the German – and he has placed United’s other less defensively motivated forwards in a system that isn’t his corresponds to philosophy. Rangnick says he and his staff must share the blame.

Aside from his obvious mistakes on the pitch, Rangnick has brought a new perspective to Old Trafford. Solskjaer tried to resolve any issues behind closed doors and keep the media at bay, while Rangnick was transparent in his offers.

His honesty has brought to light some of the biggest issues at United and left no one in doubt about new manager Erik ten Hag’s job.

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