Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick says he’s excited to get started as he prepares for his first game in the Old Trafford dugout against Crystal Palace on Sunday (Manchester United 8/15, draw 16/5, Crystal Palace 11/2 – Match Betting).
Rangnick was speaking to the press for the first time as United manager on Friday morning having seen his side secure a 3-2 win over Arsenal on Thursday night.
The new boss was pleased with the result against the Gunners in a thrilling contest at Old Trafford and is now relishing the prospect of Sunday’s game against the Eagles after caretaker boss Michael Carrick stepped aside.
“I am very much looking forward [to Sunday],” Rangnick told reporters. “Last night (against Arsenal) I felt with my current colleagues and I was very happy we got the result we wanted in the end.”
Friday’s press conference also revealed Rangnick had a 90-minute conversation with his predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regarding the team and said the Norwegian was extremely forthcoming with his insight on the squad.
Rangnick also confirmed he had asked Carrick if he would stay on but could not change the former United midfielder’s mind to step away from the club after 15 years with the Red Devils (10/11 – Top 4 Finish).
Carrick revealed he would leave Old Trafford after watching Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half brace help down the Gunners in their Premier League showdown.
On the topic of Ronaldo (5/2 – First Goalscorer), Rangnick hailed the professionalism of the Portuguese forward and feels the former Real Madrid star will be an important figure in the squad going forward.
“I have never seen anyone as fit at 36,” Rangnick added. “But it’s not just about him, it’s about developing the squad as a whole.”