Manchester United aren’t going to sack Ralf Rangnick and insist he will stay with the club until the end of the campaign. Calls for the 63-year-old to go have increased in volume in the wake of the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday. But the German’s job is very much safe.
United mulled over going after Mauricio Pochettino when they parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the end of November.
However, in the end, the Red Devils decided to bring Rangnick to Old Trafford instead.
United made it clear Rangnick would be placed in charge until the end of the season, before moving upstairs as a consultant.
Yet with results failing to live up to expectations, some have called on the former Schalke, RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim boss to be dismissed.
Paul Merson was one of them, with the Sky Sports pundit saying: “I don’t see him being there and the way it is going at the moment, if they don’t get in the top four, I’d be shocked if he went upstairs.
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“It’s a concern and I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t see the season out and was soon sacked.”
However, Express Sport understands United will NOT be axing Rangnick.
They’re adamant he’ll remain manager until the summer and that they’re sticking to the initial plan, despite the bad results.
United believe Rangnick is capable of turning the situation around and performances have improved, even if results haven’t.
The Red Devils are harder to beat at least, having lost just two of their matches under Rangnick.
And whether they can turn their season around remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, speaking after United’s draw with Southampton on Saturday, Rangnick admitted that Solskjaer would have to share the blame if they miss out on Champions League football.
Successive draws with Burley and the Saints have damaged their hopes of finishing in the top four.
“It [not finishing in the top four] has always been a concern since Ole left the club,” said Rangnick.
“That was one of the reasons why he probably had to leave the club and of course results like [Southampton] doesn’t make things any easier.
“This is what we have to face.
“We have to realise the truth and obviously with results like this it doesn’t make it any easier to finish fourth at the end.”
United are next in action against Brighton on Tuesday night (8.15pm).
And they’ll be hoping for a repeat of what happened when they met in the same fixture last season.
United won 2-1 at Old Trafford with Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood both on target.
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