Phil Neville takes Ralf Rangnick on over ‘six years’ claim, as Man Utd masterplan laid out

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Phil Neville has insisted that it may not take six years to turn Manchester United around, as interim manager Ralf Rangnick has suggested.

The Red Devils are facing a crucial new chapter following several years of struggles on and off the pitch. Spells with the likes of David Moyes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ultimately failed to restore the club to their heights. As such, there is a sense that United have to get their next decision right.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is the manager they have chosen to step into the dugout next. The 52-year-old will arrive with an exciting reputation but has a big task on his hands.

Indeed, Rangnick – who replaced Solskjaer in November – has showed honesty with his thoughts on the situation. He urged United to accept that quadruple-chasing Liverpool are “six years” ahead of the Red Devils.

According to Inter Miami boss Neville, though, Man Utd can turn their situation round “very quickly”.

The 45-year-old told Sky Sports: “There obviously needs to be big changes in the whole of the club, but what I would say is that could change very quickly.

“I’ve heard people say five or six years. It can change within 12 or 18 months if you pick the right manager, the right players, and if you get the structure around the club right, that can change very quickly.

“All it will take is just two or three new signings, gain some confidence, gain some momentum. You look how quickly it took Jurgen Klopp to turn it around at Liverpool – two or three seasons it took.”

As for who Man Utd could sign, they are reportedly after a new centre-back, a midfielder and a striker.

The likes of Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, Inter’s versatile full-back Denzel Dumfries and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong have all had links with a move to Old Trafford.

Neville added that, unlike with Moyes – who did not even last a season of his six-year contract – Ten Hag needs time.

Ten Hag needs Man Utd patience – Neville

Joel Veltman, Erik ten Hag Ajax v PSV February 2020
Joel Veltman, Erik ten Hag Ajax v PSV February 2020

“United need to act fast now,” Neville added. “They’ve got a brilliant young manager, brilliant young coach, and he needs backing and he needs time. I think at this moment, United will give him that.

“United need to be back challenging. When I was younger, it was 26 years United went without winning a title, so nobody’s going to knock on your door and just hand you a Premier League title.

“You look at the quality of Liverpool and Man City at this moment in time, phenomenal managers with phenomenal teams, so it’s going to take a hell of a task to turn that around.”

Klopp has been awarded patience at Anfield and has reaped the rewards of solid coaching and well-thought-out recruitment.

Man Utd could replicate Liverpool resurgence

Klopp laid the foundations for his Champions League and Premier League-winning team by signing Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Georginio Wijnaldum in 2016.

All three started the Reds’ victorious 2019 Champions League final and proved vital in the 2020 Premier League success.

In 2017, Mohamed Salah joined from Roma but 2018 proved the defining year for Klopp’s Liverpool revolution.

Philippe Coutinho moved to Barcelona in a big-money move. That allowed goalkeeper Alisson Becker and centre-back Virgil van Dijk to sign and complete the Reds’ team.

Man Utd have enjoyed great success with some signings, such as midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

However, they have a patchy record elsewhere and sorting that out will prove a major part of Ten Hag’s tenure.

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