Evra is ‘not happy’ about Man Utd’s change of manager and Rangnick’s arrival
Outspoken pundit Patrice Evra has claimed he’s ‘not excited’ over the arrival of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager of Manchester United.
The former Red Devils defender discussed the new German coach after United beat Arsenal 3-2 in what was caretaker manager Michael Carrick’s final game in the dugout.
Rangnick comes with high regard across the footballing world. He’s seen as something of an innovator and is widely accredited with modernising Gegenpressing.
But Evra, speaking via Amazon, remains unconvinced over the prospect of United achieving greatness under him.
The 40-year-old said: “[I’m] perplexed. We are talking more about Rangnick than what the players are doing on the pitch because we just sacked a manager but everyone seems so excited and, ‘Rangnick is going to be a genius’. He has my full support but let’s see."
"I want the players to give a response on the pitch because when a manager has been sacked the players have to take some responsibility. All the United fans are excited about Rangnick."
"I’m bemused. I can’t be excited when we sack a manager. I feel like every season is a Deja Vu. So, we’ll see. I’ve got hope, I will stay positive but no not excited."
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Meanwhile, pundit Alan Shearer said via the same platform that the newly-announced manager has more than likely had some sort of helping hand in how United have played over the past couple of games.
The former Newcastle striker said: "I expect he’s had some sort of input. We understand he’s been here for a couple of days. We saw pictures of him inside the ground yesterday so I expect he’s spoken in some capacity to Michael Carrick in terms of who he wants to play, how he wants to play.
Carrick made the leftfield announcement he would be stepping down from coaching his former club just minutes after his side’s win against Arsenal put United in seventh in the Premier League table.
"The loyalty to Ole is a little bit of a factor but there were a lot of things that came into my decision," he said.
“My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career. I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave the club. I would like to wish Ralf Rangnick, the staff, the players and the fans all the best for the future.”
The Geordie helped United qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Villarreal in his first game, while a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge and a 3-2 win over the Gunners was also a very decent return.
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