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Ralf Rangnick Hires Assistant Coach And Sports Psychologist

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There is a paradigm shift that is underway at Manchester United as Ralf Rangnick is preparing his legion that would bolster the Devils after a slump that rocked the Devils hard midway in the Premier League.

Manchester United head coach, Ralf Rangnick confirmed that he has hired coach Chris Armas and sports psychologist Sascha Lense to flank him while he remains at the helm of affairs at Old Trafford.

In another important announcement, he also mentioned that Donny Van De Beek and Dean Henderson, both will be on the starting list against Young Boys, Manchester’s last group league match.

Manchester will be raring to set things right after they had a shaky start against the Young Boys with a defeat conceded in the last minute, courtesy of a poor pass from Jesse Lingard. United has already confirmed a berth in the top 16 with clinical displays all around in the hunt for European glory.

Armas led the New York Red Bulls from 2018 to 2020 before leading Toronto FC until he lost his job in July this year.

Rangnick was Red Bull’s head of sport and development while Armas took care of the team in New York. Armas also worked with Lense at RB Leipzig and United’s interim boss is hoping that the latter gets his work permit vouchsafed soon.

This is what Ralf Rangnick had to say about his latest hiring

Ralf Rangnick Picture courtesy: Manchester United

Rangnick was heard quoting, “We have decided to bring in a sports psychologist, Sascha Lense, I worked with him for three years at Leipzig,” Rangnick. We know each other. He will be introduced to the team as soon as he’s got his visa. I hope we’ll have him on board by Thursday.”

He was also heard quoting, “I will also have another assistant coach with Chris Armas. He was at New York Red Bulls when I met him. He will again hopefully be able to join us in the next few days.”

Citing about the need for a sports psychologist, Rangnick was heard quoting, “I don’t know what the situation is like in England. Most German clubs have employed a psychologist. For me it is logical. If you have special coaches for goalkeeping, strikers, fitness, you should also have an expert for the brain.”

He continued, “Not to put them on the red sofa, or hold hands, for me it’s about helping the players know the brain should assist the body, not work against it. For me, everyone in the team should think the right way. Whenever we speak about football, the major part is up here [the brain].”

He concluded by saying, “He’s a former player, hands-on, not caught too much in the theory. Having worked together at Leipzig I know we can benefit from him. For me it’s vital on top level you should have the best person possible on this job.”

Rangnick was also heard citing about Donny Van De Beek and Dean Henderson. He said, “To start with they will both pay tomorrow in the first XI. Donny came on as a sub [against Crystal Palace], and I know Dean is a very ambitious goalkeeper.”

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