Football – Rangnik brings sports psychological lens to Manchester United

MANCHESTER (AP) — Interim coach Ralph Rangnick has announced his first personnel commitments with English soccer record champions Manchester United.

Sasha Lens, with whom Rangnik has already worked at RB Leipzig, is supposed to work for the Red Devils as a sports psychologist for the team. “Almost all clubs in Germany have a sports psychologist,” Rangnick said. “To me it’s perfectly logical. If you have a goalkeeper, a striker and a coach specialized for fitness, you must also have an expert for the brain.”

US-American Chris Armas is to become an assistant coach, who was a longtime assistant coach at New York Red Bull before being succeeded by recently released RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsh as head coach. Most recently he was the coach of Toronto FC. Before Armas and Lens’ commitments are fulfilled, they both need a UK permit to live and work.

Rangnik took over the vacant coaching position in Manchester last week. With the 63-year-old in the first game, the all-around star Cristiano Ronaldo won a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace. Rangnix’s team will next play against Young Boys Burn in the Champions League. Man United have already qualified for the knockout rounds.

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