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5 things about Ralf Rangnick you should know

Manchester United's new manager is expected to be in the dugout as soon as next week. Ralf Rangnick is yet to receive his home office work permit. Here are five things you may not know about Ralf Rangnick;

1. The German was born in June 1958. The experienced German coach is 63 years old and has a vast of experience in coaching.

Ralf Rangnick is now the third German coach in England's top six teams.

2. Rangnick was interviewed for the England job back in 2016. Before Sam Allardyce was handed the role in 2016, FA technical director Dan Ashworth had targeted the German for the West Brom post and retained an interest in his services. "After the Euros, he called me again and asked if I would come for an interview for the England job."

3. When asked which rule change he would bring in, Ralf made an interesting point about the size of the goals, and retention of the five substitutions. "it makes the game faster, reduces injuries, and keeps the squad in better spirits".

4. About the goal measurements Ralf said, "I believe we should discuss an issue I brought up 15 years ago. Are the dimensions of the goal still reasonable? When the goal was defined to be 2.44m high and 7.32m wide, the average person and that including goalkeepers was 10cm shorter. If you made the goal 30cm wider and 20cm higher, you would certainly see a few more goals."

5. Ralf Rangnick is the Godfather of the Gegenpress style of play. The german is given credit for influencing the work of the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann, and Ralph Hasenhuttl.

6. One of the changes expected is the introduction of a custom-made clock at Man United's training ground. The countdown clock is a training method he has used to develop the quickness of mind in his players. "We've had a countdown clock custom made for us. The assistant coach activates it and it starts ticking. We use it for a game called the eight-second rule. The players can hear that ticking and they know they have to get the ball back within eight seconds or, if they have possession, they need to take a shot within 10 seconds. It can be irritating for them at first but what we noticed is this type of training can affect players. Within weeks, they adjust their style of play and it becomes an instinct."

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