Little-known 'Professor' can transform United

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Alexander Baumjohann is backing his erstwhile mentor Ralf Rangnick to not lone past but thrive successful the Manchester United unit cooker.

German manager Rangnick has been appointed United's interim manager until the extremity of the play aft Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was mercifully sacked past month.

Baumjohann, the erstwhile Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers star, played nether Rangnick astatine Schalke 04 - including a Champions League semifinal against United successful 2011.

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Schalke manager Ralf Rangnick gives instructions to Alex Baumjohann and Edu successful 2011. (Getty)

"He is similar a professor, right? He knows everything astir football," Baumjohann said connected the latest variation of Stan Sport FC.

"I retrieve erstwhile helium took over, 2011, erstwhile Felix Magath got sacked and we had 2 weeks due to the fact that determination were nationalist games. So those 2 weeks we conscionable worked truthful overmuch connected tactics and helium showed america however to play, the mode helium wanted to play, pressing and each this stuff. Three oregon 4 weeks aft we bushed Inter Milan successful Milan, 5-2, and we truly outplayed them.

"His cognition is conscionable unthinkable and I deliberation he's the close manager for Manchester United."

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Ralph Rangnick of RB Leipzig reacts during a UEFA Europa League match. (Getty)

Rangnick, who besides enjoyed occurrence astatine RB Leipzig, has a beardown way grounds of processing young players and implementing an effectual pressing system.

Baumjohann admitted it would beryllium "interesting" to spot however helium managed United superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba but believed helium had the nous to bash so.

"This unit now, I mean helium ne'er worked for a nine this size, United for maine is inactive the champion nine successful England, for sure," the erstwhile Germany under-21 planetary said.

Davie Selke of RB Leipzig showers his manager Ralf Rangnick with beer. (Bongarts/Getty Images)

"So it volition beryllium absorbing and I privation him each the best. I deliberation with his quality, helium tin marque it. When Rangnick took implicit (at Schalke), we conscionable worked truthful overmuch connected video and connected the pitch. When we did games oregon maneuver sessions, helium ever stopped the grooming to explicate america things, him and his assistant.

"And you could spot consecutive distant that his cognition is conscionable crazy. When we played our archetypal crippled our players saw what helium explained to us, tactic-wise, and we conscionable did what helium wanted america to do. Things worked and we truly outplayed different teams.

"That gives you arsenic a subordinate the assurance that helium is doing the close stuff."

Baumjohann besides shared an absorbing communicative from 2011 arsenic Schalke prepared for its blockbuster Champions League semifinal against United astatine Old Trafford.

"Me and him, we had to spell to the property league the time earlier the game.

Normally astatine the property conference, with the distant team, you talk successful your ain connection and you person radical determination to translate. But helium wanted to talk successful English, helium wanted to amusement that helium is besides acceptable for a occupation successful England. He told maine aft that his people would beryllium to 1 time manager successful England.

"I deliberation helium had immoderate options already but he's waited for the close nine and I deliberation Manchester United is the close nine for him."

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