Ralf Rangnick explains how psychologist can solve Man Utd “puzzle”


Interim manager Ralf Rangnick is convinced that psychologist Sascha Lense will help Manchester United return to their best in the near future.

One of Rangnick’s first moves after his arrival at Old Trafford was to bring Lense, with whom he worked at RB Leipzig, and the decision sparked an exciting conversation about the benefits of mental coaching in a physical game.

In a speech to Sky Sports, Rangnick insisted that strengthening the brain is as important as learning to defend or attack.

“Each club has different experts for goalkeeping, for physical performance, for different areas of the pitch – defense, midfield, attack,” he explained. “The team of experts in some teams is probably larger than the number of players in a squad.

“If you then consider that the brain, the head, how players, staff or coaches think is the most relevant, then it is only logical for me to have the best possible expert from that area in their staff.

“This is what it’s about, helping players think right things and not thinking wrong things. To develop players, the brain should help the body perform at the highest possible level.

“This is part of the puzzle, in the puzzle. It’s important to any top club, and Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world – have the best possible people, and they should at least have all the little pieces available.

“It should not be the case that in some areas we do not have one. I strongly believe that every club in the future should have someone in this department.”

Rangnick went on to discuss the obvious pressure of being a United player and the struggles that can come with such a profile, referring to Robert Enke’s tragic suicide in 2009 when he was still a German national team goalkeeper, and stressing the importance of having someone to talk to. with whether it will be a challenge.

“Sascha watches every training session, he is a part of every meeting, he is a part of the staff and he talks to players regularly,” Rangnick continued.

“Of course it’s not mandatory, we do not force players to talk to Sascha, but they know he’s there. He’s a smart and decent guy, and he’s great at his job, I know that because we worked together in Leipzig in three years. The players will find out very soon, if they have not already done so. “

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