Ralf Rangnick is already starting to change the culture at Manchester United with his “intense” training sessions.
The Old Trafford club have won both their Premier League games under the new interim boss as he looks to implement his own philosophy.
Rangnick, known as the ‘godfather of Gegenpress’, is renowned for having his teams play a high pressing style of football, something that has been evident on the pitch already.
And that intensity originates from the training field according to David de Gea who has revealed that the German’s sessions have the squad training with “energy and pace.”
De Gea has reclaimed the no.1 spot this season, rediscovering the form that had his peers calling him one of the best goalies in the world a few years ago.
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The Spaniard has been particularly impressive in Rangnick’s first two games as United kept two clean sheets against Crystal Palace and Norwich.
And the keeper has hailed Rangnick’s immediate impact at Carrington, telling the club’s official website: ‘It’s great. It’s good to have the whole team back to train properly altogether and then of course see they are all safe.
“They are back, they are all training, they are fine so it’s great to be together again.
‘We’ve been training hard, of course. It’s very intense, every training session, every moment with him [Rangnick] is intense.”
“You have to give 100 per cent every time in training and in the games. Let’s see. It’s just the beginning, it’s been a couple of weeks, so let’s see in the future.
“The team is training with energy, with pace, and now we have to show that in big games.
“Yeah, I think the most important thing for us is to keep clean sheets.
“If we concede fewer goals, then we have top players up front who are going to score goals and win games.”
It’s a stark change compared to what Manchester United’s training was like under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian’s hands-off style came under major criticism as he reportedly delegated main tactical duties to coaches Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, who have both departed the club since Rangnick’s arrival.
Solskjaer would take a backseat, observing from the sidelines during these sessions, something which ‘irritated’ the coaching staff, according to the Irish Independent, via the Daily Star.
It seems like Rangnick has a completely different style of coaching to Solskjaer and his heavy involvement in training sessions should have corrected that issue.