BERLIN, GERMANY – MAY 24: RB Leipzig’s head coach Ralf Rangnick attends a press conference at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany, May 24, 2019. Bayern Munich will face RB Leipzig in the DFB Cup final soccer match on May 25, 2019 in Berlin. (Photo by Abdulhamid Hosbas / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)
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Manchester United are reportedly to appoint Ralf Rangnick – a man who was instrumental in the career of Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl – as interim manager.
According to a report by Athletics David Ornstein and Laurie Whitwell, Rangnick will join Old Trafford on an initial six-month contract before assuming a two-year advisory role.
Rangnick is considered one of the pioneers of pressing football and his football ideals were copied by Ralph Hasenhüttl, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann.
Hasenhüttl and Rangnick worked closely together at RB Leipzig and were both crucial for the club’s transition to an established Bundesliga and Champions League team.
Could Hasenhüttl and Rangnick work together again in the future?
As most Southampton fans will realize, if he can oversee success at St. Mary’s, Ralph Hasenhuttl has the potential to become a manager at one of Europe’s top clubs
The pressing style he plays makes his style of football entertaining when his players play to their full potential and this is sure to have him on the director’s mind in England and elsewhere.
It is therefore not unreasonable to claim that Ralf Rangnick will seek to revive a previously successful partnership when he resumes his advisory role at Manchester United.
It is unknown what the relationship between Rangnick and Hasenhüttl looks like today, and Hasenhüttl left RB Leipzig after being frustrated with a lack of long-term plans in 2018, but the fact that they are linked by football ideals and previous work does mean this one connection is always there.
Hasenhuttl has never been closely associated with Manchester United himself and has only recently described his job at Southampton as the perfect opportunity for him. United will also look for a name that has accomplished more in the game as they look for their next long-term manager.