Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick disagrees with Jurgen Klopp over Liverpool manager’s angry rant

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Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has publicly disagreed with Jurgen Klopp after the German’s latest angry rant about the festive period fixture pile-up in England. The Liverpool boss has once again been the most vocal among Premier League managers about some teams playing two games within just three days at the end of December.

After the Reds’ Carabao Cup triumph over Leicester on Wednesday, Klopp shared his fury about the congested fixture schedule between Christmas and New Year.

He told Sky Sports: “The problem is, and will always be, there’s no reason for it. I have no problem with the Christmas games; Boxing Day is a wonderful game. Nobody wants to cancel that.

“Just 26th and 28th is absolutely impossible; it’s a joke that they still do it. [There is] no problem to play 26th and 29th.”

Klopp has since somewhat got his wish after the Premier League called off Liverpool vs Leeds United at Anfield on Boxing Day due to a Covid outbreak in the visitors’ camp.

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However, Rangnick, an idol for Klopp in many ways throughout his illustrious career, disagrees with his German compatriot.

The United boss believes English football should keep its festive traditions and shared his excitement ahead of the games against Newcastle United and Burnley before New Year.

“You know better than I do what a big tradition it is to play on Boxing Day and the 27th,” Rangnick explained.

“And I think we should stick to this and respect this tradition. I’m looking forward to that for the first time in my coaching career.”

However, the 63-year-old has called on the Premier League to consider reintroducing the five-substitution rule first implemented during ‘Project Restart’ last year, with Klopp also having wanted the rule extended to this season.

He added: “The five subs were implemented when Covid started, and I think it was the right decision to do that to save energy for players, especially if they have just recovered from Covid.

“The same is true right now – we are in a similar situation to the one we had one-and-a-half years ago.

“Therefore, I don’t see why it shouldn’t be as it was one-and-a-half years ago. As far as I know, in Europe, England is the only country where they only allow three subs.

“You’re still allowed eight field players on the team sheet, you should be able to replace five, you will always have five players on the bench who cannot be substituted on and cannot play.”

Rangnick won’t be expected the perfect performances from his players at St. James’ Park on Monday, given United haven’t played since December 11.

After the 1-0 win at Norwich City, the Red Devils’ clashes with Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion were postponed due to Covid outbreaks.

But despite the disrupted preparation, he’ll be hungry to continue the current momentum on the pitch and secure a fourth successive league win on Tyneside.

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