Rio Ferdinand urges Manchester United to remove Ralf Rangnick from press conferences
The end of the season couldn’t come sooner for Manchester United fans.
After the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the subsequent appointment of Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis in November 2021, what should have been an exciting season has turned into the worst in Premier League history.
A summer that saw them sign Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo after finishing the 2020/21 season as Premier League and Europa League runners-up failed to deliver the excitement with which it teased the fans on paper. Instead, it only made a terrible season worse as the truths about serious mismanagement, poor recruiting and a rotten club surfaced.
Upon the appointment of Rangnick in November, who will take on a consultancy role at the end of the season, United fans hoped a style of play could be embedded in their squad as the esteemed German began to sweep the glass broken, before the arrival of the new permanent director.
That didn’t happen, however, with the Red Devils still looking as scrappy on the pitch, last highlighted in a 4-0 mayhem at Brighton. New manager Erik ten Hag has a lot of work to do since the summer, and caretaker boss Rangnick hasn’t been shy about speaking the truth about it, more recently refusing United to consider signing a striker in the January transfer window.
Over the past few weeks and months, Rangnick has spoken honestly to the press about United and their players, unafraid to throw criticism where he felt it was necessary, and even likened the task of rebuilding them to open-heart surgery.
But while many appreciated Rangnick’s brutal honesty, former player Rio Ferdinand seems fed up with what the 63-year-old has to say.
Speaking on his YouTube channel Vibe with FIVE (as quoted by the Metro), Ferdinand expressed his frustrations with Rangnick: “It’s good sometimes for the fans, you want to get a glimpse, but there are information he misses. [that he shouldn’t be].
“You’re still at work man, relax, respect the people around you.”
He added: “I think his impatience with it and his frustrations now come through in his interviews.
“I’ll be honest, if I were the club, I wouldn’t allow him to do another press conference.”
Ferdinand further explained how Rangnick should deal with his grievances internally, admitting he doesn’t “want this stuff aired in the media”.
“If I’m the person running the club, I’d say, ‘Talk to us and we’ll sort it out. You may not agree with what I say, but you are employed by us, these are the rules, stay within the limits.
A popular Manchester United fan account on Twitter relayed the quotes online, which also saw Ferdinand express his annoyance at Rangnick “spreading the dirty laundry in public”, prompting a widespread fan response.
You can see the tweet below.
It’s fair to say that many people appreciate Rangnick’s refusal to mince words, unlike Ferdinand.
With just one trip to Crystal Palace remaining in United’s dismal 2021/22 campaign, Ferdinand won’t have to hear Rangnick castigate the Red Devils any longer, at least.
But while Rangnick will leave the dugout and take charge of the Austria national team, he will balance that job with his role as a consultant at Old Trafford, which means he’s not completely out of the picture.
It remains to be seen just how involved the 63-year-old will be as Ten Hag takes the reins, but whatever his future, his damning United assessments won’t be forgotten anytime soon.