Ralf Rangnick confirms two appointments to his Man Utd staff


Manchester United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick has made two additions to his coaching staff at Old Trafford, appointing Chris Armas as coach and Sascha Lense as psychologist.

Rangnick has worked with both men previously in his various roles with Red Bull.

Armas, a former US national team player and MLS player with the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire, joined the New York Red Bulls as assistant coach while Rangnick was the football manager of RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg. He was later promoted to NYRB’s head coach and worked under Rangnick when the German became responsible for the company’s global football operations.

Lense meanwhile worked at RB Leipzig for three years under Rangnick’s supervision.

The interim United manager confirmed that he is happy that the existing coaching staff is still in place and explained his relationship with both new recruits ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League match with Young Boys at Old Trafford.

“There will not be that many [staff coming in]. So far, I am very happy to work with the staff I met last week, and they have given me a lot of help in recent days in preparation for the Crystal Palace match, Rangnick explained.

He added, “Chris used to be the assistant coach of the New York Red Bulls under Jesse Marsch. That was five years ago, when I first met him.

– Since then we have met quite often. Also in my role as global head of Red Bull for the past three and a half years, he was the head coach of the New York Red Bulls and of Toronto in the MLS.

Chris Armas has been a player and coach for various MLS clubs / Elsa / GettyImages

Lense will help United players with the mental side of the game to improve performance.

“I worked with him for three years in Leipzig, the year I myself was promoted from second to first division and the following two years when Ralph Hasenhuttl was head coach and Zsolt Low – the current assistant coach of Thomas Tuchel – was assistant coach,” he explained. Rangnick.

“We have known each other since then and he will be introduced to the team as soon as he has received his visa and work permit.”

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