Ralf Rangnick is the perfect manager for where Roy Keane believes Manchester United are

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Manchester United have failed to win the Premier League for eight years and the very fabric of the club is now eroding away.

United was built on success and yet there has been little celebrating at the club across the last decade. The Reds have won the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, but no joy has been found in the pursuit of the Premier League.

Although the importance of winning cup competitions should never be underestimated – they have a rich history and can prove the catalyst for more silverware – in the modern game, the Premier League title remains the ultimate prize and it’s elusive at Old Trafford.

When United’s travelling contingent serenaded Ferguson after United drew 5-5 with West Brom at the Hawthorns in May 2013, they knew an uncertain future beckoned. That didn’t matter, they were intentionally drunk on the euphoria of United’s Premier League triumph, but the years that have followed have been sobering. United have sunk to depths that some thought wasn’t possible.

Arsenal last won the Premier League title in 2004 and United supporters revelled in their demise while Ferguson’s side continued to challenge for major honours every season without fail, however, United are now in danger of becoming exactly what they mocked.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time at the club might be polarising on social media, but in the streets and bars of Manchester, if you venture into the heart of the city, supporters will tell you that he did a decent job. His time at the club was overwhelmingly positive despite his lack of silverware and he left United last weekend with the foundations for success having been installed.

But Manchester United managers are judged by trophies and history will remember that Solskjaer failed to deliver silverware.

Solskjaer signed Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer and a serious Premier League title challenge was expected. Instead, United roll into December in eighth in the table with Solskjaer having been axed and removed from office.

Michael Carrick was placed in caretaker charge of the club and tasked with boosting morale after Solskjaer’s exit and the former midfielder secured a 1-1 draw away at Chelsea on Sunday – that was a good result considering it was such a tumultuous week.

Roy Keane is typically box office in punditry and, while his explosive argument with Jamie Carragher sent Twitter into hysterics, mostly because of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s face, there was one comment that he made that was easy to ignore as it’s the painful truth.

Keane claimed that ‘United are a cup team at the moment’ and even the most optimistic of supporters would fail to argue with that.

United have been reduced to this position after years of incompetent decisions. The club has been starved of Premier League success. Keane is right, the best United can currently hope for is to win a domestic cup, but if that’s true, they might have just employed the perfect interim manager in Ralf Rangnick, who was officially appointed as Solskjaer’s successor on Monday.

Rangnick is considered the brains of German football and yet, while he would call the Bundesliga his home, he probably wouldn’t deny that top-flight football in Germany is a one-horse race. You always get skinny odds on Bayern Munich crossing the line first.

Bayern’s dominance extends to cup competitions, but Rangnick won the German Cup and German League Cup with Schalke.

Can United win a trophy this season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

United are already out of contention for the Premier League title this season – the Reds are 12 points behind Chelsea – and they crashed out of the Carabao Cup in September, but they remain in the Champions League and winning the FA Cup is also possible.

Rangnick is a wonderful interim appointment and he’s already shown that he can deliver silverware in unlikely circumstances.

His arrival at the club will address systematic issues in the long term, but winning a trophy this season would ‘salvage’ the campaign to some extent. That’s exactly where United find themselves. It’s unacceptable and something needs to change at the top.

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