Manchester United's season will continue on Thursday with a difficult match against Arsenal in the Premier League's Matchday Fourteen. The Red Devils will be led by new manager Jose Mourinho in the dugout.
Ralf Rangnick, who was recently named as temporary manager, will take over from caretaker leader and former player Michael Carrick, who had been appointed to replace the dismissed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The full scope of Rangnick's authority is revealed in the announcement of the new Manchester United manager.
After being delayed by work visa concerns, the 63-year-old will take command of his very first game on Sunday. The German strategist will be trying to get his side off to a good start with a win over Arsenal - which is a possibility - as well as prepare them for the battles that lie ahead as they attempt to challenge and salvage whatever they can from this season.
Rangnick would almost certainly have been taking notes about the team while he was still on vacation, in order to impose his style of play as soon as he returned to work. There have been concerns about whether some players, particularly the Portuguese sensation Cristiano Ronaldo, will be able to adjust to his heavy metal football style of play. Although Carrick's choice to leave Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench during their 1-1 tie with Chelsea last weekend only increased the curiosity, it will be interesting to see how he utilizes his most valuable commodity in the squad.
Many have questioned Ronaldo's suitability for Rangnick's signature "gegen pressing" style, which demands great intensity, strong pressing, and strenuous physical demands from its players. Despite the fact that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been outstanding since returning to Old Trafford, Rangnick's blueprint does not appear to be a perfect framework for his abilities.
Rangnick's management team will be hoping that he can have some of the influence that fellow German Thomas Tuchel had on Chelsea when he took over as manager from Frank Lampard in January. It took Tuchel to transform the Blues, who had appeared out of place, into a team that won the UEFA Champions League.
Is Rangnick the appropriate man for the job at Manchester United?
United's roster is far more talented than it has showed thus far, and there is optimism and confidence that Rangnick can live up to the reputation and references that have followed him since it was disclosed that the German was on his way to Old Trafford in the summer of 2013.
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