Jadon Sancho has been backed to establish himself as a key player for Manchester United, now that Ralf Rangnick has been confirmed as their new manager.
Rangnick has signed a deal until the end of the season, at which point he will take up a consultancy role at Old Trafford for the next two years.
There is plenty of excitement about the German coach’s arrival, with many hoping he can help transform Manchester United back into title contenders.
His appointment has received plenty of attention already, and Frankfurter Rundschau journalist Hendrik Buchheister is the latest to share his opinion.
He labels United a ‘complicated beast’ and questions if Rangnick knows ‘what he is getting himself into’ by taking up the job.
He says the change in formation against Chelsea was a hint of what’s to come under Rangnick, which means there is likely to be more focus on whether he can incorporate Cristiano Ronaldo into the team.
If he can’t, he says Rangnick will have to ‘moderate the atmospheric disturbances’ that leaving him out is likely to cause.
He will also have to learn how to manage the complex situation off the pitch at the club, dealing with the Glazers, who are ‘hated by the public’ and the ‘noise’ that surrounds them, and everyone else associated, as a result.
The German will have to ‘manoeuvre his way through a web of responsibilities and influences’ that he won’t have experienced anywhere else.
His primary focus will be the squad, though, and there’s a feeling he will have to teach them ‘basics’ before the real work can be done.
Fortunately, it’s a team full of quality and one man who ‘should be well suited’ is Sancho, who is enjoying a vein of form after goals against Villarreal and Chelsea.
Rangnick could make him a ‘central figure’ in his plans moving forwards, although Buchheister doesn’t suggest how that will be the case.
The work starts here for Rangnick then, who, at least as far as this German outlet is concerned, has plenty on his plate and is ‘faced with a variety of problems’.