Ralf Rangnick has already stamped his authority on his Manchester United arrival by bringing in two highly valued members of staff to the Old Trafford dressing room. Having signed from Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday in an initial six-month interim manager role, the German has brought in sport scientist Sasha Lense and assistant coach Chris Armas to help with proceedings.
Rangnick’s arrival came after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the Red Devils’ poor run of form under the Norwegian.
Just one win in eight Premier League games was enough for Old Trafford chiefs to push the United legend to the exit after a barren three-year spell.
Rangnick had been touted as an interim boss for United previously, and with the club eager to appoint a permanent manager at the end of the season a move for the German was revisted and completed a week ago.
Having kept the majority of the staff that Solskjaer left at the club, Rangnick looked like he wasn’t going to replace any of the current contingent at Carrington.
And on top of that, the ex-RB Leipzig boss has brought in two staff members of his own in Lense and Armas.
When asked about any potential reinforcements, Rangnick was adamant he was happy with his staff – although the two additions will help him further to get United firing again.
“It won’t be that many,” Rangnick admitted.
“Very happy to work with staff I met last week, they gave me a lot of help.
“We have decided to bring in sport scientist with Sasha Lense, he will be introduced as soon as he has visa and work permit.
“I will also have another assistant coach with Chris Armas.”
Armas, 49, has coached excliusively in the United States for his entire career.
Having made 66 appearances for the United States mens’ national team, he became an assistant at Chicago Fire in 2008.
Another spell as an assistant – this time at New York Red Bulls – took place before being given the job on a permanent basis after boss Jesse Marsch departed for RB Salzburg.
Rangnick knows him through the Red Bull Group where he implemented his ideas throughout the Leipzig and Salzburg-based teams.
Lense has also worked under Rangnick before, having been Leipzig’s Sports Psychologist from 2015-2018.
Since then, he has held similar roles at Dynamo Dresden and Schalke, before United snapped him up under Rangnick’s recommendation.
The Red Devils continue their Premier League campaign away at Norwich on December 11.
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