Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has revealed Ralf Rangnick’s failure at the club, admitting that the problem was not all the German coach’s fault.
According to Bruno Fernandes, Ralf Rangnick struggled to get the best out of players at Manchester United because the entire squad was low on confidence. Rangnick was appointed interim manager last December to replace Ole Gunner Solskjaer following his dismissal due to an underperforming team.
The German coach got off to a good start at the club after taking over as manager, putting the club back into the top four positions in the middle of February, losing one in his first eleven matches.
The wheels soon fell off for the German, who tried implementing his unique way of playing football which involved highly intense pressing. The club poorly finished the season, losing six of their last eleven games, picking up eleven points from a possible thirty-three, and finishing in the sixth position.
Manchester United have improved since the new permanent manager Erik Ten Hag who is looking to implement his principles and way of playing into the team. Fernades speaking on the tenure of Rangnick has said that he failed at the club because he was working with players who had lost belief.
“Ralf came up with his idea of playing with intensity and pressing and how he was used to playing in Germany. But it did not quite work out with us because there was an atmosphere between everyone where the confidence was low, and everything was down,” Fernandes told The Athletic.
“It is difficult to come off when you are in that run.
He continued: “It is nothing to do with Ralf. He tried his best. He is a good manager with good ideas, but it did not fit with everyone. This is because the team had been built with Ole and his idea, and then a new manager comes in with [his own idea].
“That probably could be the difference at the club because every manager who has been here has had different ideas, so they bring different players in.”