Rangnick’s verdict on how Man Utd missing out of Europe may impact Erik ten Hag

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Ralf Rangnick believes incoming boss Erik Ten Hag could benefit from Manchester United missing out on Europe altogether next season.

United have no chance of securing Champions League qualification with just four games to go. The best the fallen giants can hope for now is a place in the Europa League instead. Ten Hag faces a huge job rebuilding the United team when he starts his new role in June.

And Rangnick reckons not having the punishing demands of a Europa League campaign to contend with might help the Dutchman make more progress – but the German won't let this stop him from trying to secure a place in European football's second string competition.

He said: "It could be an advantage, but that does not mean we will give away any of the remaining four games. For us it's clear and our obligation. This is our job, my job, the job of the players, that we try to get the best possible results and then see at the end of the season in which position we finish.

"To speak now about whether that would be an advantage or not doesn't make sense. For me it's important we get results and play as well as we possibly can, because this will also affect the atmosphere and mood for the new season."

Rangnick will be without six senior stars for the visit of Thomas Tuchel's men, in the shape Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Fred, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho and Edinson Cavani. It means he will call-up a host of youngsters to the squad, including Hannibal Mejbril, Alvaro Fernandez and Ajejandro Garnacho, with Rangnick only able to pick from 14 fit senior players.

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He added: "For me it's now important we take care of the future of the club. I strongly believe there are a lot of things that can become better, and will become better, with a new manager and hopefully with some new players, with some fresh energy in that squad.

"It's obvious that, due to the fact quite a few players' contracts are expiring, there will be a number of new players. With this group of players and the quality players that are already here, together with the new manager, I'm very positive next season will be a lot better."

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