Manchester United and Ralf Rangnick are a ‘perfect match’, and securing the German’s signature was a ‘great coup’ for the club.

That’s according to Ernst Tanner, who worked alongside Rangnick during his time at Red Bull Salzburg.

Rangnick was confirmed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement last week, initially signing a deal to manage United until the end of the season, when he will then take up a consultancy role at the club.

There is the prospect of him staying as Manchester United manager for another year if things work out well, something the German is very much open to and has made clear from day one.

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That will depend on the work he does, though, with United hoping he can help put an expensively assembled ship back on course.

The belief is that Rangnick has been brought in to help the club create a clear strategy moving forwards, particularly when it comes to transfers, something he did for the Red Bull group with Leipzig and Salzburg.

The latter saw him working alongside Tanner, who currently works as sporting director for Philadelphia Union, and he was impressed by the German, backing him to be a big success at Old

“That’s already a great coup. Manchester United and Ralf – that’s a perfect match,” he told Sport 1.

“He always wanted to go there. He can definitely make a difference there. Not only as a coach but also as a consultant.

“Any club would be lucky to have someone like Ralf in its immediate environment. That will absolutely work.

“And there will be no problems between him and Ronaldo. Ralf is now old enough and clever enough to be able to assess the situation correctly. Why should there be a problem? I wouldn’t understand that.”