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Rangnick dismisses ‘dossier’ claims but ready to tell Erik unvarnished truth

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Rangnick dismisses ‘dossier’ claims but ready to tell Erik unvarnished truth

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Ralf Rangnick said it is “completely false” to say he has been preparing a ‘dossier’ on Manchester United stars for incoming boss Erik ten Hag.

Reports had claimed Rangnick was working on such a file to hand over to Ten Hag, who will leave Ajax for the United top job at the end of the season.

Interim manager Rangnick was appointed in November and will have spent six months with United’s players by the team he steps aside.

Ahead of United’s Premier League game against Chelsea on Thursday, Rangnick flatly denied the existence of a dossier.

He told Sky Sports: “This is entirely false, completely untrue. The board has never asked me to prepare a dossier, neither for the board nor for Erik.

“I also never said anything to anybody criticising the players’ attitude as being unprofessional or selfish. This is not true. I will always protect my players. I have never realised any issues of them being unprofessional or selfish.”

Rangnick succeeded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and United have continued to struggle to challenge for the Champions League places during the German’s Old Trafford tenure, suggesting Ten Hag faces a difficult task when he steps into the role.

While there may not be a folder packed with information to pass on to the new boss.

Rangnick will eagerly share the knowledge he has acquired when he talks to Ten Hag.

Rangnick said:

“I’m looking forward to that. I think it would make sense.

“Erik is the manager next season, and if he wants to get my opinion or hear something about how I assess the current situation, I’m more than happy to speak with him.”

It remains to be seen what involvement Rangnick has at United once his temporary spell in charge ends.

At the time of his appointment, United said that Rangnick would take on a consultancy role for two years, which appears to be a role he is still planning to undertake.

Rangnick said:

“I’ve been talking to the board quite regularly, and obviously, we were also exchanging our impressions of the current situation.

“For me, it’s important, together with Erik, together with the scouting department.

“We can build a new squad, a new group of players with quality and mentality that Erik.

“Together with his coaching staff, will develop and lead this club into a range where supporters will want to see Manchester United.”

United sits sixth in the Premier League and is guaranteed to stay in that position for now.

They have won just nine of 20 Premier League games under Rangnick and have lost their last four away matches.

From the weekend of his first game in charge, his United side has gathered 33 points, with five teams (Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Tottenham) having accrued more points over the same period.

Chelsea has one fewer point than United in the same period but has played just 18 games this time.

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