Former midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is now working with the “best squad” that he has ever had.
The experienced, much-travelled German took charge at Old Trafford last week, replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a deal until the end of the season.
Rangnick, who made a winning start to life in charge, overseeing a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, has made the jump back into the dugout after two years out of coaching.
He left German giants RB Leipzig in 2019 and joined Russian giants Lokomotiv Moscow in July as their head of sports and development, carrying out similar duties to those he had done at both Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg.
As well as previously being in charge of Leipzig, Rangnick has also held managerial positions at the likes of Schalke and Hannover 96, meaning he has been in charge of some of Germany’s biggest clubs.
Despite that, Hargreaves believes United’s current squad will be the best that he has ever worked with, as well as highlighting just how big an impact he could have on the club’s younger players.
“It’s one of the biggest and best squads in Europe,” Hargreaves told BT Sport. “Rangnick has been the manager of 600 games but this will be the best squad he’s ever managed.
“Look at the depth he has and the players he has to choose from. He’s the best with young players and it’s a huge opportunity for those young players.”
For this evening’s UEFA Champions League clash with Young Boys, Rangnick made the decision to make 11 changes to the side that beat Palace three days ago, handing starts to the likes of Amad and Anthony Elanga, as well as filling his substitutes bench with youth.
For fellow former United man Rio Ferdinand, Rangnick’s track record of developing youth could stand the Reds’ youngsters, who are looking to become household names at Old Trafford in years to come, in very good stead.
Ferdinand said: “It’s audition time for these young players. It is great to see, but again following the traditions of years gone by.
“But like I said, he has a really good history of breeding and making players betters. That’s what you want.
“No matter what you spend on players they need improving. He’s somebody who’s very accustomed to doing that.”
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