Manchester United appoints sports psychologist Sascha Lense to support Ralf Rangnick


Manchester United will reportedly be naming Sascha Lense as their new sports psychologist – while Ralf Rangnick continues his Red Devils coach overhaul.

Sports mail On Monday we announced that former Toronto FC coach Chris Armas will join interim manager Rangnick’s team – the two of them know each other from their time together at the New York Red Bulls.

Rangnick has been open to keeping part of the existing coaching team from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign at Old Trafford, but hinted that some new faces are coming to his team.

Manchester United will reportedly hire sports psychologist Sascha Lense (above) as their coach to assist Ralf Rangnick

Lense (right) knows United interim boss Rangnick (left) from their time together at RB Leipzig

And, according to The Athletic, Rangnick will be welcoming the arrival of psychologist Lense to his coaching team – not as a medic – and despite having met the United players, he has not yet received his visa and therefore cannot start work.

German coach Lense had a humble career as a player before entering the coaching world. The 46-year-old headed the German U17 national team in the past, but is best known for his work in sports psychology at several German clubs.

Lense’s first well-known job is a coaching stay at Dynamo Dresden before he met Rangnick at RB Leipzig in the 2015/16 season. He spent three years at Red Bull before returning to Dresden for the 2018/19 season.

The German then moved to Schalke the following season, but left the club last year when the Gelsenkirchen team were relegated to the second German division.

Lense (left) was a sports psychologist as Dynamo Dresden, Leipzig and Schalke 04

In the meantime, United will confirm the appointment of coach Armas to Rangnick’s team in the coming days.

Armas was fired from the MLS club in July after less than six months in office, with Toronto losing 7-1 to DC United in their last game under the management – the worst loss in the club’s history.

Armas will seek recruitment at Old Trafford after being the first new member to be recruited by Rangnicks backroom staff. Rangnick was the head of sport and development for the Red Bull clubs in New York and Brazil, while Armas worked as the head coach of the American team.

Corresponding ESPN, Armas got his work permit the Monday morning after initially denied a for do not have a UEFA Pro license.

Former Toronto FC manager Chris Armas (above) will also join the United coaching staff

After winning his appointment, Armas will now compete alongside Rangnick in the Manchester United dugout as the German’s assistant coach.

The American, who played internationally for his country and Puerto Rico, has to prove himself to the Old Trafford believers after a miserable time in Canada with one win, two draws and eight defeats in the MLS.

As a result, Toronto found themselves at the bottom of the table with six straight defeats before Armas received his marching orders.

Still, he had a successful time with the New York Red Bulls, which led the club to the Supporters’ Shield in 2018 and the playoffs in 2018 and 2019.

Rangnick was the head of sport and development for the Red Bull clubs in New York and Brazil, while Armas (above) was the head coach of the American team

The statistics also showed that in MLS they had the fastest ball rallies with the highest pressure and played the most direct style of attack – traits that are used to Rangnick’s methods.

In addition, Armas had a successful career as a footballer himself – he played in 264 games for LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire.

Armas also made a total of 66 caps for the U.S. men’s national team after switching loyalty after winning a handful of caps for Puerto Rico.

Rangnick previously said he would keep the majority of the club’s current backroom staff “because I need their experience and expertise”. However, he said he would hire “one or two” additional staff.

Armas stayed in his role at Toronto for just six months after being fired after a terrible 7-1 loss

At his first press conference, Rangnick said: “I’m really excited to be working with the current coaching staff because I need their experience and expertise with the current squad.

“Of course I’ll try to find one, two, maybe three people who can come to us in the next week or two, but it’s not that easy because of the Brexit rules.

“Many of my former colleagues, regardless of whether they are video analysts or assistant coaches, have long-term contracts with large clubs and are therefore not available at the moment. We have to be a little bit smart and clever and find the right people.

“I hope we can get you in here in the next week or two, but I can’t give you any names.”

Armas becomes Rangnick’s (middle) assistant manager after getting his work permit

Additionally, Manchester United could pay millions to its current backroom staff if Rangnick decides to oust them.

Sports mail has previously shown that Assistant Mike Phelan signed a new contract in October, although then coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was under increasing pressure.

Sources also said he was followed by the rest of the coaching team, including first-team coach Kieran McKenna and goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis.

Meanwhile, Michael Carrick made the decision to leave Manchester United as the club’s temporary manager after his final game – despite Rangnick trying to convince him to stay.



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