Ralf Rangnick on why he doesn’t like his players having tattoos

Ralf Rangnick on tattoos.

Incoming Man United interim manager Ralf Rangnick doesn’t like footballers having tattoos as it means they aren’t a “team player.”

Rangnick is expected to be named as the Red Devils interim manager for the remainder of the season, with the German also set to stay at the club for a further two years in a consultancy role.

Ralf Rangnick: “Why do people have tattoos all over their body?”

Known as the ‘godfather of gegenpressing,’ Rangnick has a reputation for instilling strong tactical discipline in his players but he also seems to reserve judgement on some of their personal choices, including those who decide to get tattoos.

“If I say it’s a coincidence, this is not quite the truth. For the style of football we play, we need team players,” the Daily Mail quote Rangnick as saying, when asked about players with tattoos.

“They should at least celebrate with the guy who gave the assist. Of course this has not necessarily to do with tattoos. But then we need to discuss why do people have tattoos all over their body? It’s got to do with being exceptional and trying to attract attention.

“I’m not asking a player before we meet, show me your body whether you have any tattoos. Maybe some of them have tattoos. At least they don’t have them where you can see it everywhere.”

Man United on miserable run of form.

Like most dressing rooms in football, Man United’s is filled with tattooed players, with Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Victor Lindelof among those who don body art.

Aside from that their personal decisions, Rangnick is unlikely to have been impressed by most of the squad’s form this season, if he has been watching the club closely.

A run of one win in seven Premier League matches saw previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lose his job, while supporters have had to endure humiliations at the hands of arch-rivals Liverpool and Manchester City during a nightmare autumn.

United sit ninth in the Premier League at the time of writing but on the bright side, they have sealed progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since 2018/19.

Michael Carrick took charge of the 2-0 victory over Villarreal midweek and he’s set to do so again against Chelsea on Sunday, as Rangnick waits for his work permit issues to be resolved.

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