Manchester United news: Glazers got rid of Ralf Rangnick as they were ‘scared to death’, says Gary Neville | Football

Ralf Rangnick said Manchester United needed ‘open heart surgery’ (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says the Glazers were ‘scared to death’ of Ralf Rangnick after he exposed the failings of the club and promptly decided to ‘get rid’.

The German was appointed as interim manager following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December 2021.

While foremost a manager, Rangnick had major success as the head of football for Red Bull where he oversaw RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg.

Rangnick was appointed on a short-term basis but he was lined up for a ‘consultancy’ role once his time as interim came to an end.

However, the German left Old Trafford for good once his disastrous interim spell came to an end.

But not before Rangnick openly discussed the failures at Old Trafford, and said the club needed ‘open heart surgery’ to fix its problems.

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Neville says the Glazers were frightened by Rangnick (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

‘It’s not that difficult (to see),’ said Rangnick in April 2022.

‘You don’t even need glasses to analyse and to see where the problems are.

‘So, now it’s only about how do we solve them? For me, it’s clear it’s not enough to do some little, minor amendments, some little issues here and there, some minor cosmetic things.

‘No, in medicine you would see this is an operation at the open heart, so there are more things to be changed than some little things here and some minor things there, and this is the good thing.

‘If this happens, if everybody has realised that this has to happen and if people want to work together, then it makes sense and then I still believe that it doesn’t need to take two or three years to change those things. This can happen within one year. Other clubs not too far away from here have shown that it doesn’t take two, three, four years, that it’s possible within one, two or maybe three transfer windows.’

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And Neville says those comments spooked the Glazers, as they knew they’d have to make wholesale changes to the club, which led to them ‘getting rid’ of Rangnick.

‘They brought in Ralf Rangnick as a sporting director. He was just managing the team for a few months, and he was going to get the sporting director’s job at the end of the season,’ Neville told the Overlap.

‘He said that he needed open heart surgery – he wanted to get rid of like 10 or 12 of them out the club and just rip it all up. They [United] got rid of him because that scared them to death.’

With INEOS’ 25% stake in the club to be confirmed in the next six weeks, United will finally appoint a sporting director and head of recruitment.

Dan Ashworth of Newcastle United is a frontrunner, while Paul Mitchell and Michael Edwards are also contenders.


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