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Russian media blasts Manchester United’s new boss


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In the wake of his exit from Lokomotiv Moscow to become Manchester United’s new manager, Russian manager have blasted Ralf Rangnick, calling him the ‘biggest fraud in Russian football history.’

Rangnick, who started his Manchester United era with a 1-nil win against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday, only had a short stint with Lokomotiv Moscow having signed a three year contract with the club in June 2021 as manager of sports and development.

He was said to have made some decisions at Lokomotiv Moscow that have backfired and angered fans.

He clearly made those calls under the impression he would be involved with the club for longer than he was, but admitted himself that he couldn’t turn down United’s offer.

During his short stint with Lokomotiv, he was able to rejig a team that won the Russian Cup and finished third domestically last season.

However, the club having sold some key players, with the notable one being the sale of Grzegorz Krychowiak who wanted to remain at the club have found itself completely off the pace.

Lokomotiv added Konstantin Maradishvili and Nair Tiknizyan from cross city rivals CSKA – with Rangnick’s transfer policy coming in for major critique.

The German was also credited with having a negative influence in the dugout after Marko Nikolic left the club by mutual consent.

His style of play was in contrast to Rangnick’s beliefs which eventually saw Markus Gisdol replace him.

With Markos Gisdol at the held, the ‘Lokos’ currently occupy the sixth position in the ongoing Russian Premier League with twenty-five points.

Gisdol was largely seen as a man who would follow the script laid down by the 63-year-old, which has seen Lokomotiv’s former president Nikolay Naumov frown at the decision.

He said: “He is not a coach, but rather a secretary. Rangnick doesn’t need someone like [Jose] Mourinho or [Roberto] Mancini, but rather a man who will follow his instructions.

“They came to the club with just one goal – to turn Lokomotiv into a business of buying and selling players.

“Results aren’t important for them, and they need an anonymous coach who was willing to take a good salary and do what they say.”

This article was updated 2 months ago

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