Sir Alex Ferguson delivered a brutal defeat According to reports, Manchester United assistant Chris Armas when he first met the American manager.
The 49-year-old was drafted in by interim boss Ralf Rangnick in December last year following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Michael Carrick and later Kieran McKenna also departing to leave United’s backroom team quite weary.
Armas had been fired from his job at Toronto FC a few months earlier after winning just one of 11 games in MLS.
But Rangnick was a big Armas fan and knew him from his days as assistant and head coach at the New York Red Bulls, where the German played a key role behind the scenes.
Unfortunately for the duo, their arrival at Old Trafford did not turn the tide of the club, who ended up finishing sixth and only qualified for the Europa League after West Ham lost to Brighton.
There had been some rumors in the dressing room of dissatisfaction with the caliber of Rangnick-appointed coaches, with the interim boss paralyzed with his decisions and many of his preferred options unavailable – while wanting to keep Carrick and McKenna.
Now The Athletic reports that not only were the players hesitant about Armas’ appointment, Sir Alex also gave him short shrift.
Armas met the legendary Scot in his lounge at Old Trafford after United’s 1-1 draw with Young Boys in December, with the American ending his career as a player and manager.
But Sir Alex was reportedly not too impressed, responding brutally and bluntly: “You’ll need more than that here, son.”
According to The Athletic’s report, Armas was almost constantly using Airpods to communicate with another of Rangnick’s coaches – Lars Kornetka – who wasn’t actually employed by United but did extensive analysis himself during games and via Armas with the interim boss communicated.
The American won’t stay at Old Trafford if Erik ten Hag takes over as his contract – and those of fellow Rangnick recruits Ewan Sharpe and Sascha Lense – expire at the end of next month.
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