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Ralf Rangnick adds two new members to Man United backroom staff

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The Manchester United interim manager has appointed a new assistant coach after the departure of Michael Carrick.

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Ralf Rangnick started his job as the new Manchester United manager before their victory against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Following the departure of Michael Carrick last week, Rangnick spent his first day on the sidelines without having an assistant.

He has now added two new members to his side’s backroom staff. Chris Armas will work as the new assistant coach, while sports psychologist Sascha Lense will also join Man United.

 “It won’t be that many,” Rangnick said when asked about the appointments (via Metro). “So far I’m very happy to work with the staff I have met in the last week.

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“They gave me a lot of help in the last couple of days in preparation for the Crystal Palace game.

“We have decided to bring in a sports psychologist, with Sascha Lense. He’s from Germany, a former second division player.

“I used to work with him for three years at Leipzig, one year in the year that we won promotion from the second to the first division, with myself, and the following two years when Ralph Hasenhuttl was head coach.

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“So we know each other since then. He will be introduced to the team as soon as he has got his visa and work permit. I hope we will have him on board tomorrow or at the latest Thursday.”

He added: “Chris Armas used to be the assistant coach at New York Red Bulls under Jesse Marsch, that was five years ago when I first met him. Since then, we have met quite frequently.

“Also in my role as head of global for Red Bull, in the last three years he was the head coach for the New York Red Bulls and Toronto in the MLS.

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“He will again hopefully join our team in the next two days.”

Man United will face Young Boys in their next Champions League game on Wednesday. 

Rangnick’s side are already qualified for the next round of the competition. However, they must get at least one point to secure their place as the group leaders.

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