Ralf Rangnick is the current interim manager of Premier League club Manchester United. He is a German professional football manager, executive, and former player.
Early Life and playing Career.
Dietrich and Erika Rangnick, who met in 1945 in Lichtenstein in the Ore Mountains, raised Ralf Rangnick in Backnang. His father is from Königsberg, and his mother is from Breslau.
Rangnick began his playing career with VfB Stuttgart, but his strategic abilities were noticed, and he was promoted to player-coach.
His playing career was brief, and he spent most of it in Germany, but he did spend time at English club Southwick while attending the University of Sussex.
Rangnick began his coaching career in 1983, at the age of 25, after an uneventful playing career. He was hired by his former club Ulm 1846 in 1997, where he won the Regionalliga Süd in his first season. Rangnick was then hired by VfB Stuttgart of the Bundesliga, where he won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2000 before being fired in 2001. He then joined Hannover 96, where he won the 2. Bundesliga, but was fired in 2004. Rangnick joined 1899 Hoffenheim in 2006 after a brief stint with Schalke 04, and has since achieved successive promotions to the Bundesliga. In 2011, he left the club and returned to Schalke 04, where he won the 2011 DFB-Pokal and reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Between 2015 and 2019, he was the head coach of RB Leipzig for two seasons.
Rangnick joined Red Bull as director of football in 2012, assisting with the club’s expansion into Europe, emphasizing the recruitment of unproven players and the development of youth systems with a global scouting base and an attacking on-pitch philosophy across all of their clubs.
As a result, the market value of Red Bull clubs increased from €120 million to €1.2 billion during his tenure. Rangnick was promoted to head of sport and development in 2019 as a result of their clubs’ sustained domestic success and large profits from player transfers. In 2020, he left Red Bull and joined Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow as sports and development manager in 2021.
Rangnick is credited with inventing Gegenpressing, in which a team immediately attempts to reclaim possession after losing it, rather than retreating to regroup. His teams are known for their high attacking output and pressing, as well as for popularizing zonal marking.  Ernst Happel, Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Arrigo Sacchi, and Zdenk Zeman are among Rangnick’s main coaching influences, and he is credited with influencing Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann, Ralph Hasenhüttl, and Jürgen Klopp.
Ralf Rangnick Teams Coached
Ralf began as a player coach in the 1980s. Since then, he has coached the following teams.
- 1983–1985 FC Viktoria Backnang
- 1985–1987 VfB Stuttgart II
- 1987–1988 TSV Lippoldsweiler
- 1988–1990 SC Korb
- 1990–1994 VfB Stuttgart U19
- 1995–1997 Reutlingen 05
- 1997–1999 Ulm 1846
- 1999–2001 VfB Stuttgart
- 2001–2004 Hannover 96
- 2004–2005 Schalke 04
- 2006–2011 1899 Hoffenheim
- 2011 Schalke 04
- 2015–2016 RB Leipzig
- 2018–2019 RB Leipzig
Ralf Rangnick Trophies
Ralf hasn’t won any top European trophy yet. However, Ralf won the DFB-Pokal in 2005 with Schalke, DFL-Supercup in 2011, and DFB-Pokal in the 2010-11 season.
Ralf Rangnick Tactics
Ralf Rangnick is a top tactician. His Tactics are very visible whenever you watch any of his teams play.
Ralf Rangnick Style Of Play
Ralf Rangnick has been described as the father of gegenpress. It is a popular modern playing style that involves players pressing very high up the pitch. This helps in the quick recovery of the football.
Ralf Rangnick Profile
Here’s a short profile of Manchester United’s new Interim Manager.
- Full Name: Ralf Rangnick
- Date of birth: June 29, 1958.
- Place of Birth: Backnang, Germany
- Spouse: Gabriele Lamm-Rangnick
- Education: University of Sussex
- Children: David Rangnick, Kevin Rangnick
Ralf Rangnick formation
Bundesliga expert Kevin Hatchard has revealed the formation Ralf Rangnick, reported to be very close to becoming Manchester United’s interim manager, usually applies.
Hatchard, who watched plenty of Rangnick’s sides during his time in Germany, says the German likes the 4-4-2 or 4-2-2-2 formation.
Manchester United have reportedly picked Rangnick as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement on an interim basis and are set for a fresh start at Old Trafford.
He will sign a six-month contract and Hatchard told talkSPORT Drive about Rangnick.
“Generally [he plays] a back-four, but not always,” Hatchard said.
“He has played a back-three at times, but generally a back-four.
“He likes the 4-4-2 or 4-2-2-2 because what he wants to do is he wants to hit you as quickly as possible.
“So you do see a lot of play go through the middle, but he is flexible.
“He will tweak things and change things here and there, but what he doesn’t change is that willingness to hit at breakneck speeds and that swarming pressing – that’s not gonna be negotiable either.”