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Alex Ferguson didn’t fully approve the arrival of Chris Armas

Chris Armas was appointed Manchester United’s assistant manager when Ralf Rangnick took over the job, reportedly without the blessing of Alex Ferguson.

Chris Armas was appointed as Manchester United’s assistant manager when Ralf Rangnick took over the job mid-season, reportedly without the full blessing of Alex Ferguson.

Life after Sir Alex Ferguson retired has not been easy for Manchester United, who have struggled to find his replacement. Ralf Rangnick took over the job mid-season amid hopes that he would bring new ideas to the Red Devils with the German bringing in Chris Armas as his assistant manager.

Armas arrived at Old Trafford after coaching spells at New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC that bore no real success. According to The Athletic, the decision to bring the American coach was not approved by former club legend, Sir Alex Ferguson.

It was reported that Armas met with Ferguson in December following the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw against Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League. After exchanging some words, Armas reportedly told Ferguson of his experience in the sport to which the 80-year-old replied: “You’ll need more than that here, son.”

Another disappointing season

Manchester United lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace in the final match of the season, and they were only able to secure a spot in the Europa League next season. Despite the disapproval of Sir Alex Ferguson, it has been confirmed that Armas will remain at Old Trafford with Erik ten Hag taking over. It is also expected that Mitchell van der Gaag will be appointed as ten Hag’s assistant in the summer.


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