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Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick says it’s unrealistic for him to be expected to emulate compatriot Thomas Tuchel during his temporary spell in charge at Old Trafford. Rangnick will oversee the United team until the end of the season before moving into a consultancy role behind-the-scenes.
Tuchel began his Chelsea tenure in January after taking over from Frank Lampard, who was given his marching orders following a poor run of form for the side.
The German was an instant hit at Stamford Bridge as he shored up his side’s defence and transformed the team into a force to be reckoned with.
And just four months after moving to west London, Tuchel led Chelsea to the Champions League trophy as he orchestrated a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the final.
Rangnick arrives in Manchester with a reputation for being a tactical genius and will be under pressure to turn the Red Devils’ season around after a string of dismal displays.
But the 63-year-old doesn’t think he will be able to bring the same success to United as Tuchel brought to the Blues.
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“To do what Thomas did in four months at Chelsea was incredible,” Rangnick admitted.
“If anyone had told Marina [Granovskaia] or Roman [Abramovich] what would happen or they had looked into a crystal ball to see what would happen in the next four months – incredible.
“To win the Champions League, finish fourth in the league, and now be top of the league with almost the same players, is a big achievement.
“I am not sure I can say that things will develop in the same way for me at United.”
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United suffered heavy defeats at the hands of Liverpool, Manchester City and Watford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before Rangnick was appointed to fix things.
But the German boss has suggested that his side are some way off the best teams in the league.
“I am more than optimistic, but I also have to be realistic,” Rangnick said.
“Five weeks ago, our team lost 5-0 against Liverpool – and it could have been a lot more if we are honest.
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“Against City it was 2-0 – but it could also have been more.
“It was important to win the point at Chelsea – but the performance, I don’t know. They had 24 shots on goal and we had three.
“So right now, to say I will challenge the top Premier League managers in the next few weeks or months is not realistic.
“The games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City will be in March and April – and that’s when I will answer the question about challenging them.”
Rangnick’s United spell starts later today at home to Crystal Palace.
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