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Bruno Fernandes makes Ralf Rangnick promise as new Manchester United interim manager arrives

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 02/12/2021 James Findlater & Jake Stokes

Bruno Fernandes is confident he can prove to be the “perfect player” for Ralf Rangnick as the Manchester United interim boss begins his reign.

Rangnick is at Old Trafford this evening to watch his new side as United take on Arsenal, having been confirmed as the club’s new interim manager earlier this week.

The German has now had his work visa processed, although Michael Carrick will lead the side for a final time before Rangnick officially takes over.

Much has been made about the impact the 63-year-old will have upon his arrival, with his sides in Germany having been famed for a high pressing style which helped influence the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

Fernandes has been spoken about as a player who could fit in well under Rangnick, and the Portuguese star is looking forward to beginning life under his new manager.

“For everything I have heard about him he is a person everyone respects in world football,” Fernandes told Amazon Prime Video.


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“He is a really good manager. Offensive, he likes to press high, he’s intense - I like that, I’m an intense player.”

Asked whether he could be the player best suited to Rangnick’s system, Fernandes replied: “I hope so. Every player wants to be the perfect player to the manager.”

Rangnick of course arrives following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager, with the Norwegian having paid the price for a dismal run of results and performances.

Fernandes made a point of trying to make sure some of the fans’ ire following Solskjaer’s final game at Watford was instead directed at the players, but admits the change was best for the club.

“It was the manager that signed me. We all know when the players are not good and the results don’t come then the coaches pay for that,” Fernandes said.

“It is everyone's fault that Ole lost his job and we know that. Sometimes it’s good to change coach because it gives players that burn to give their best because I think we have lacked confidence in the past.

“It was a negative for everyone and it is not only about the manager, even the players we felt like something has happened so we cannot enjoy ourselves, we cannot give our best.”

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