“A perfect match” – Demba Ba reveals Ralf Rangnick wanted him as Manchester United coach

"A perfect match" - Demba Ba reveals Ralf Rangnick wanted him as Manchester United coach

Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba has revealed that Ralf Rangnick wanted him as one of his backroom staff at Manchester United.

Man United appointed Rangnick as a temporary replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who got sacked last year November after a pile of poor results.

The former RB Leipzig manager quickly made a change in his backroom staff and Demba Ba revealed that the German tactician wanted him as a coach at United as well but the move didn’t go through because of a failed visa.

The former Chelsea forward told I Sport: “When Rangnick got appointed by Manchester United he called me, he told me he wanted me on his staff.

“He said: ‘You know the league and players, you have a background close to theirs, you speak English and German and can be the link between the squad and staff’.

Demba Ba reveals Ralf Rangnick wanted him as coach at Manchester United
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“He saw it as a perfect match and I’d be able to help him, he thought they’d respect me for who I was and what I’d done in the Premier League. It was a six month assignment to go in and help but it didn’t happen because the Visa didn’t get accepted.”

Demba Ba scored against Manchester United in the Champions League two seasons ago when United lost 2-1 against Istanbul Basaksehir.

Ralf Rangnick failed to live up to the hype after he guided Manchester United to a 6th-placed finish in the Premier League with zero goal difference.

The German boss, who was supposed to become a consultant at United at the end of last season, changed his stance after talks with Erik ten Hag and agreed to become the new manager of the Austria national team.