Ralf Rangnick has addressed the ongoing crisis at Manchester United by warning fans it’s impossible to walk into a new club midway through the season and fix every problem.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by United in November following a poor run of form, with Rangnick being handed the reins until the end of the season.
It was hoped that the talented German coach would be able to get the Red Devils firing again, but so far United have looked as flat under Rangnick as they did when Solskjaer was in charge.
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United play host to Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup this Monday.
And in his programme notes ahead of the fixture, Rangnick has reminded fans that success will take time.
“When I took this role as Manchester United interim manager, I knew there would be a lot of work to do. It’s not possible to just walk into a new club midway through the season, say a few words and everything is instantly straightforward,” said Rangnick.
“We have a lot of players who are top quality individuals with so much talent but we need to work together in order to make progress.”
Steven Gerrard is preparing his Villa side for a tough match against United, despite many pointing out they’re facing the Red Devils at a good time.
“I’m expecting a reaction from them,” said Gerrard, referring to Manchester United’s recent 1-0 defeat by Wolves.
“I watched the game against Wolves. There seemed to be a lot of frustration about the place. I listened to the manager, he was disappointed with the result. The fact is, they have got world-class players. It’s a real tough fixture for us. A massive challenge.
“We won’t approach this like there’s a crisis going on at United. We’ll be preparing for the best possible Manchester United because this is a team that’s going to be littered with high-end players.
“So, it would be foolish and naive to think we are going to play a weak team that’s having a hard time. I just don’t think it makes any sense for us to prepare like that, no matter what’s happening there.”