Former Manchester United midfielder and pundit, Paul Scholes, has said interim coach, Ralf Rangnick, isn’t the right manager for the Red Devils, labelling him a sporting director.
Scholes made the statement in the aftermath of Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday, February 12, 2022. The result saw Rangnick’s side play out a second successive draw.
The Red Devils had earlier in the week played out a disappointing 1-1 draw with Burnley, which came off the back of the FA Cup exit on penalties to Championship side Middlesborough on Friday 4th February 2014
United sit fifth and have given their rivals the chance to nose ahead in the race for Champions League qualification.
Rangnick replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November on an interim basis until the end of the season, with the former RB Leipzig coach and director also set to take on a consultancy role until 2024.
However, United have averaged fewer goals per game under Rangnick than they have under any other manager in Premier League history (1.4 – 14 goals in 10 games), and their recent run has led to speculation the squad are not buying into the German’s ideas.
Rangnick refuted these claims in his pre-match news conference, yet United great Scholes has not been impressed by what he has seen so far.
“That’s the feeling around the place (quiet inside Old Trafford) there’s a lack of interest now with how the season’s been,” Scholes said on BT Sport.
“It’s been a bad seven days, it’s really been a bad six or seven months.
“The sacking of Ole was coming, we all knew that, but where was the plan? There has to be a plan, there has to be an elite, top coach into the football club to revive the football club.
“It’s Manchester United, they should have the best of everything, and to not have a plan and bring what is a sporting director… he’s coached a team two years out of the last 10.
“Don’t get me wrong, I like the man, he comes across well, but he’s looked like he’s lacked coaching in the last five or six years. They’re a team of individuals, you look at the difference today in United to Southampton.
“Southampton were brilliant, the coaching, methods, passages of play, it was fantastic.
“One team have got a proper coach, the other team has a sporting director, which isn’t right for Manchester United.“