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rang' order Ralf Rangnick will steady the ship, but he won’t be the long-term United boss

Like many people who love Manchester United, I took no pleasure in Ole’s firing last weekend.

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Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick

Doesn’t it say everything about Manchester United right now that they first replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a member of his own staff, have brought in an interim boss in Ralf Rangnick, and will make a permanent appointment next summer.

So Manchester United are telling us that they cannot get the replacement manager they want right NOW!

I know it can be difficult to get bosses to leave a club in mid-season. There is a bit of loyalty there.

But this is United for God’s sake, they have the financial oomph to make anything happen.

Instead, they are stumbling around and dallying. They aren’t decisive enough.

Like many people who love Manchester United, I took no pleasure in Ole’s firing last weekend.

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Rangnick would be the short-term replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Martin Rickett/PA)

Rangnick would be the short-term replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Martin Rickett/PA)

Rangnick would be the short-term replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Martin Rickett/PA)

I forecasted it for months, knew it was coming, but it was sad to see a club legend fall like that.

But the sad truth of it all was that he was out of his depth as an elite coach, having been comprehensively out-schemed by the guy in the other dugout too many times.

Last season’s Europa League final, when United were unsure of what they were at against Villarreal, was one obvious example.

And while the 5-0 loss to Liverpool a few weeks ago surely cut every Red Devil to the quick, the 2-0 setback against Manchester City a couple of weeks later was even worse.

Because Pep Guardiola’s side only toyed with United – they could have won 5-0, if they wanted.

Yet they actually chose not to, engaging in a full second half of ‘keep-ball’ that must have driven the United players mad.

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They couldn’t get the ball off City, and on the rare occasion they did, the Premier League champions took it back again with ease.

‘Sweets from a child’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.

After that match it was only a matter of ‘when’ for the Norwegian, not ‘if’.

Ole and his staff just hadn’t got the tactical nous to deal with Europe’s finest coaches and get the better of them.

It looks as though Michael Carrick will stay in charge for today’s visit to Stamford Bridge, to play a rampant Chelsea.

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Michael Carrick has been the assistant at Manchester United since 2018 (John Walton/PA)

Michael Carrick has been the assistant at Manchester United since 2018 (John Walton/PA)

Michael Carrick has been the assistant at Manchester United since 2018 (John Walton/PA)

That’s because Rangnick now needs a work permit as Britain is not in the EU anymore.

The European champions were magnificent against Juventus the other night, tearing them to pieces.

Thomas Tuchel (far right) clearly has his team and squad in a great place and they fear no one.

And Manchester City are miles ahead of United, too.

Look at their quality and skill last Wednesday – when they came from a goal behind to see off a star-studded PSG, yet Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden played no part in the match.

That is some squad depth to be sitting on.

And it is not just about Europe either. Chelsea are on top of the Premier League table and the confidence and good vibes are clearly flowing through the team.

United could be cut to pieces this afternoon too, especially with Raphael Varane out injured and Harry Maguire miles off form.

Unless United somehow tighten up in midfield and at the back, something that has been beyond them this season, there has to be a danger that Chelsea will run riot.

Turning what used to be one of the marquee matches of the English season into a shambles.

Putting off appointing a permanent manager until next summer is, for me, not a good move at all.

Players now with 18 months or less on their Manchester United contract will be unsettled. ‘Will the new man fancy me’, ‘Who’s it going to be’, ‘Am I one of the ones he wants to keep’, ‘Have I a future here’.

Those are the thoughts that will be running through many Manchester United players’ heads over the next six months.

They won’t be focused on putting it for the interim boss and trying to save the season by going well in the Champions League and at least finishing fourth in the Premier League.

When there is no settled manager in place at a football club, it can be a case of ‘every man for himself.’

Rangnick will steady the ship.His CV is a strong one and the likes of Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp both admit to being heavily influenced by his work at the likes of FC Schalke and RB Leipzig.

But he won’t be the long-term manager of Manchester United, and that is worrying for me.

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