Ralph Rangnick is the leading candidate for Manchester United as Carrick’s plans have been put on hold

Manchester United had been planning to give Michael Carrick until mid-December before he made his breakthrough with Ralph Rangnick – most recently from ESPN’s Insider Notebook. PLUS: The outcasts at Old Trafford who could get a second chance under the interim president.

jump to: Manchester United stars suspend exit plans | Gerrard, artificial intelligence and the master planner of the villa | Barcelona fears the Premier League’s interest in Araujo | Klopp keen on Ramsey with Juventus | Chelsea relax from Mount exit rumors

United move quickly to secure Rangnick

Manchester United He ditched plans to give Michael Carrick up to six more games in the position after Ralph Rangnick emerged as a leading candidate during interviews to find the club’s interim manager, ESPN sources reported.

Carrick has been told to prepare for a longer spell at the helm than expected, with the club setting an original date for Brighton at home on December 18 as a temporary target to be set – vowing only to speed up interim plans if an excellent option emerges. Rangnick has agreed to take over until the end of the season After a breakthrough in discussions with the 63-year-old, who is due to leave his post as sporting director of Lokomotiv Moscow.

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Cartier, who will oversee United’s journey to the Premier League leaders Chelsea On Sunday, he had the hierarchy’s confidence at United to guide the team through the busy game period. The trip to Stamford Bridge is the first of six matches in 16 days after winning 2-0 Villarreal To decide the Champions League qualifiers on Tuesday. The club wanted to wait longer before appointing them provisionally, despite facing criticism – even sarcasm – for the way they handled matters following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Sources said that “market forces” left United with no choice but to pursue the strategy, arguing that the club was not in an unlucky position. Liverpool and Chelsea when they appointed Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel respectively, both coaches were unemployed and available when changes were made in the management division at Anfield and Stamford Bridge.

Director of Football John Murtaugh held talks with the former Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde and Seville Coach Julen Lopetegui was also contacted as the club conducted a thorough search for an interim president. Sources close to Rangnick said he initially distanced himself from the idea that he might be interested in a job at United, but a breakthrough occurred when he was offered a consulting role as part of the deal. Part of Murtaug’s role at United in recent years has been to build a relationship with key figures in football across Europe and he enjoys a good relationship with Rangnick, with the duo also having talks in 2019 about football development plans.

The club’s initial selection for a permanent position is Mauricio Pochettino, but this decision was made before Rangnick’s arrival. The terms of Rangnick’s advisory role have not been clarified after the interim management job ends, but sources added that he is expected to play a leading role in selecting a permanent successor to Solskjaer. – Mark Ogden

Martial, Van de Beek’s second chance

Donnie Van de Beek And Anthony Martial Their transfer plans were put on hold in January ahead of Rangnick’s impending arrival, sources told ESPN.

Carrick, the interim head coach, was keen to assure the team that every member had a clean slate after Solskjaer’s departure, and encouraged their choice of 2-0 wins over Van de Beek and Martial. VillarrealThey will now re-evaluate their options before Rangnick takes over. Although a host of other clubs are interested, their preference is to find regular matches at Old Trafford and the pair will see their suitability over the next six weeks before deciding whether or not to pay for a move.

Jesse LingardThe player’s future remains unclear, with the midfielder free to speak to the honoring clubs in January as his contract expires at the end of the season. Despite this, Rangnick founded his philosophy of high energy and high pressure training – he is known as “The Godfather”. counter pressure” In Germany he was cited by Klopp as an influence on his career – a stance that fits with Lingard’s style of play and could give him one last chance to claim playing time.

And United remains keen to keep the bulk of the team together, especially after qualifying for the knockout rounds of the Champions League, which is scheduled to start in the new year. The draw for the round of 16 will take place on December 13.

The FA Cup campaign will also start in January, although a poor start to the season under Solskjaer has added to the pressure in the second half of the season as the club looks to at least finish in the top four and secure a place in the Champions League. next season. – Rob Dawson



Julian Lorenz explains why replacing Rangers with Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa makes sense.

Gerrard’s new signature in Villa: artificial intelligence

Steven Gerrard is trying to make the artificial intelligence tool his first signature with the name Aston Villa sources told ESPN.

Gerrard made an immediate impact at Villa Park by guiding the team to a 2-0 win over Brighton in his first game last Saturday after leaving Scottish champions Rangers to begin his Premier League managerial career with Villa.

the previous Liverpool The England captain made his mark on his new club by munching on ketchup, soft drinks and hot chocolate from the menu in the players’ buffet at the Villa’s Bodemore Heath training ground.

Sources told ESPN he is keen to see Villa embrace the Zone7 AI style of injury prevention that proved a key factor in winning the title last season with Rangers. In simple terms, clubs send training and match data to Zone7, who analyze it using an algorithm and send out daily emails with information about players who might stray close to the so-called “risk zone” in terms of susceptibility to injury.

ESPN reported in February that clubs in Europe and Major League Soccer had adopted the system and after signing up for the algorithm-based technology on the recommendation of Ibrox chief performance Jordan Milsom at the start of the 2020-21 season, Rangers reported a 52% injury reduction last season compared to the campaign. previous. Rangers also reported a 36% decrease in injuries per game in the previous season and a 21% decrease in days lost due to injury.

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More than 50 clubs worldwide are now using Zone7 AI software. Many would like to remain anonymous, in an effort to protect any competitive advantage the tool might provide – football clubs are notorious for protecting such proprietary data – while others simply don’t want to discuss any pros or cons they discovered while using it. Despite repeated attempts by ESPN to speak to Real Salt Lake and Toronto, none of the MLS team responded to inquiries.

Sources said Gerrard is trying to put the system in Villa as soon as possible in an effort to get his squad fitter. – Mark Ogden



After Barcelona’s goalless draw against Benfica, ESPN FC’s Ali Moreno explains why fans haven’t expected a drastic improvement just yet.

Araujo fears Barcelona player as Premier League clubs watch

Barcelona Fear of interest from major clubs in the English Premier League Ronald Araujo In addition to the defender’s salary demands, contract renewal negotiations with him could complicate, sources told ESPN.

Liverpool And Manchester United He has been watching Araujo’s development closely and Barcelona want to secure his future as a priority, with a plan to offer him a five-year deal, with his current contract in 2023.

But the sources said that during the initial discussions with the player, there is concern in Barcelona that they may not be able to meet the conditions he is asking for. Barcelona’s financial crisis worsened after LaLiga cut another 300 million euros from the spending limit this season and recently confirmed losses for the 2020-21 season of 481 million euros, while debt was around 1.3 billion pounds.

Liverpool and Manchester United have the financial strength to beat what Barcelona can withstand if they decide to move forward in their own interest. The sources added that Liverpool are particularly keen on Araujo and that scouts followed him throughout 2021.

Barcelona starlets pedry And Ansu Fati They recently renewed their contracts, which included a £1 billion release clause, and want to secure a midfielder dry In addition to Araujo: two players considered essential under the leadership of new coach Xavi Hernandez.

The club wants to avoid a similar situation they have been through Alex Moreba in summer. The Spanish midfielder had one year left on his contract and refused to sign a new deal, which led to his move to RB Leipzig For 16 million euros plus add-ons.

Araujo, 22, arrived at Camp Nou in 2018 from River Boston in Uruguay on a €1.5m transfer deal plus €3m in add-ons. – Adriana Garcia and Moses Lorenz

Juventus hope Klopp builds on Ramsey’s interest

Juventus Hope they like Jurgen Klopp Aaron Ramsey will lead to a bid of Liverpool As for the midfielder, in January, sources told ESPN.

The 30-year-old is under contract until 2023, but Ramsey may be available to move after struggling to break into the first team since his arrival.

Sources told ESPN that Klopp has always considered Ramsey a high profile and considered formalizing that interest when he Wales left interface Arsenal For Juventus in 2019. Liverpool were understaffed in midfield after injuries exacerbated by the departure Georginio Wijnaldum to me Paris Saint-Germain in summer.

Several Premier League clubs have been linked to Ramsey including West Ham, Crystal PalaceNewcastle and Leicester City Juventus hope that Liverpool will add themselves to that list in the coming weeks, as the Serie A club searches for rival clubs to raise fees to secure the player.

Always determined to find success in his time in Serie A, Ramsey has played five games totaling 112 minutes since Massimiliano Allegri took charge in the summer. – James Ole



Craig Burley and Kay Murray discuss the future of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner after their association with Barcelona.

Chelsea calms down Mount rumors

Chelsea Have not yet opened new contract talks with Mason Mount But sources told ESPN that all sides are comfortable with the situation, contrary to reports in Spain of Real Madrid’s interest in it.

It has been suggested that the midfielder was unhappy at Stamford Bridge, specifically because of his role within the squad, but sources claim Mount is enjoying a healthy relationship with coach Thomas Tuchel and is focused on achieving further success with the Blues.

Negotiations have yet to begin on a new deal but the 22-year-old has two and a half years to run on his current deal and the club believes there is no need to rush in at the moment.

Talks are expected to start later in the season as Chelsea prioritize talks with several players whose deals expire next summer, mainly Antonio RudigerAnd Andreas ChristensenAnd Cesar Azpilicueta And Thiago Silva. – James Ole


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