Jamie Carragher’s bold top four prediction as Man Utd prepare to unveil Ralf Rangnick


Jamie Carragher gave his verdict on Manchester United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League as they prepare to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

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Jamie Carragher is confident Ralf Rangnick will make up the ground on the top four and lead Manchester United to Champions League qualification.

The German manager is on the verge of becoming interim United boss until the end of the season and he is tasked with reversing the club’s dismal Premier League form.

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A run of five defeats in seven games leaves the Red Devils clinging on to a spot in the top half of the table ahead of their challenging trip to Chelsea on Sunday evening.

With the Blues, Liverpool and Manchester City already pulling clear of the chasing pack, it seems a handful of teams will be left to battle it out for fourth place and a spot in Europe’s coveted club competition.

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Ralf Rangnick will lead Manchester United to a top four finish, according to Jamie Carragher


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West Ham United hold the advantage one-third of the way into the season, while Arsenal have been in fine form over the last two months and Tottenham Hotspur will hope to qualify with Antonio Conte in the hot seat.

The competition is undoubtedly fierce, but Carragher has no doubt Rangnick will lead United to the Champions League ahead of their top-flight rivals.

Discussing the 63-year-old taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Carragher told Sky Sports : “Nobody has to play the same way but top level football is played like that. United were a million miles away from that.

“I think this guy is coming in, Ralf Rangnick, will make sure United get in the Champions League next season.

“But the biggest job he has it to identify the next coach his role will be taking away from the people at the top and they will take advice from him. He will want the next coach to be in his mould.”

Once Rangnick’s six-month managerial contract expires, it is believed he will take up a technical consultancy role at Old Trafford which will allow him to contribute to the process of appointing a permanent boss.

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In the meantime, the former Hoffenheim, Schalke and RB Leipzig coach will need to improve results on the pitch, and he will get to work with the squad as soon as he his granted a work permit.

Carragher added: “I think the appointment of who it looks like they’re going to bring in is a positive step in terms of how he (Rangnick) wants the football played now the top teams all play that way the way this guy wants his teams to play.

“Going back 20 years since he started coaching so I think it’s positive.”

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