Comparing Ralf Rangnick’s record at Man Utd with Conte’s at Spurs

It’s safe to say this season hasn’t gone to plan for either Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur.

After signing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, United were expected to challenge for the league title but have endured a calamitous season which saw Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer lose his job in November.

Expectations weren’t as high at Tottenham but Nuno Espirito Santo’s short reign will go down as one of the worst in the club’s history. With heavy defeats against Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and United, he did well to last until Halloween.

The two clubs dealt with their unexpected managerial vacancies in contrasting ways. Whereas Spurs broke the bank to lure Antonio Conte to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, United chose to appoint Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis and look for a permanent replacement in the summer.

Conte, available after leaving Inter Milan in the summer, had been heavily tipped to replace Solskjaer at United – but the Norwegian bought himself just a bit more time by leading United to a 3-0 victory over Nuno’s Spurs in October.

The match resulted in Tottenham sacking the Portuguese coach and moving quick to secure Conte’s signature before United could. Would things look much different at Old Trafford now if they’d appointed the Italian instead of Rangnick?

Both United and Spurs have improved over the intervening period but their new managers have encountered difficulties.

United were eliminated from the FA Cup by lower-league Middlesbrough and have dropped points against Burnley and Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Tottenham barely laid a glove on Chelsea in their League Cup semi, exited Europe in the most farcical fashion and suffered a surprise 3-2 reverse against Southampton in their last outing.

With Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea looking nailed on for Champions League qualification, both clubs will be targeting fourth place but have Rangnick and Conte inspired sufficient change for that goal to be reached?

We’ve compared Rangnick’s record at Old Trafford with Conte’s performance as Spurs manager since their mid-season appointments. The results are very interesting…

Ralf Rangnick

Games: 12
Won: 6
Drawn: 4
Lost: 2

Goals for: 16
Goals against: 9
Clean sheets: 4

Points per game: 1.83
Win rate: 50%
Loss rate: 17.5%

Goals per game: 1.3
Goals against per game: 0.75

Antonio Conte

Games: 18
Won: 10
Drawn: 3
Lost: 5

Goals for: 31
Goals against: 21
Clean sheets: 5

Points per game: 1.83
Win rate: 55%
Loss rate: 27%

Goals per game: 1.7
Goals against per game: 1.2

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