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Ralf Rangnick lauds Darren Fletcher despite not knowing Manchester United technical director's exact role – The Athletic

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Ralf Rangnick lauds Darren Fletcher despite not knowing Manchester United technical director's exact role – The Athletic

By Anthony Hay
20 February 2022Updated 2:54 PM GMT
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Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has praised technical director Darren Fletcher while also admitting he doesn’t know the Scotsman’s exact role.

Fletcher, 38, has been sitting alongside Rangnick in the dugout and has also helped to run training sessions following the departures of assistant first-team coaches Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna in December.

The tasks he has been performing are more aligned to a first-team coach rather than a technical director but Rangnick has made it clear he is happy to have the former United midfielder on his staff.

Rangnick, speaking ahead of his side’s away encounter at Leeds, said of Fletcher: “Well, I can only talk about what I’ve experienced in the last 11 to 12 weeks. He has always been part of almost every training session and each game.

“Whenever I have had a question about what he thinks, because he obviously knows the players, he has known them for a long time. I could always, and will always, ask him for his opinion. So it is good to have him in the team.

“What is his role in with regard to the club? I don’t really know, to be honest. I can only tell you what is happening in the training sessions, around the training sessions and around the games. In those areas, it is good to have him on board.”

Fletcher, who was appointed as the club’s first-ever technical director in March, will play a prominent role in United’s managerial search along with football director John Murtough.

United are set for a busy summer as they will appoint a permanent manager and could lose Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata for free.

Their immediate attention will be on Sunday afternoon’s visit to Elland Road. United go into the match in fourth spot but Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur won on Saturday to put pressure on Rangnick’s side with both north London clubs having games in hand.

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