How Ralf Rangnick became Manchester United's new manager – via Sussex, the England job, Jamie Vardy... and fake astronaut news

Ralf Rangnick
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This interview with Ralf Rangnick originally appeared in the July 2017 issue of FourFourTwo. Subscribe today and save 50% as part of our Black Friday offer. 

For Ralf Rangnick, life these days is rarely dull. Less than 12 months ago, he was at Wembley being interviewed for the England manager’s job. Now he’s in his office in Leipzig, denying suggestions that he nearly became an astronaut, while sat beside a man who’s dressed up as the world’s most mischievous bull. 

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Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.