Julian Nagelsmann has hailed Manchester United's expected appointment of Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager until the end of the season - and believes the veteran tactician will help transform the struggling club.
Rangnick, 63, has reached an agreement to take charge at Old Trafford on a six-month contract, and will then take up a two-year consultancy role. He has influenced many of the game's best coaches, with Nagelsmann among them.
And, speaking at Bayern Munich's pre-match press conference this afternoon, Nagelsmann says Rangnick - his former mentor - will do 'very well' in his new role.
Julian Nagelsmann believes Ralf Rangnick will do 'very well' in charge of Manchester United
'I texted him and told him I think it's great,' he revealed. 'He will do United very well with the way he plays football. I believe that United will play good games in the next few weeks and I wish he'll stay there longer than just next summer.'
Sides under Rangnick are typically focused around an intense high press and quick vertical passing, a blueprint adopted by the likes of Nagelsmann and Jurgen Klopp.
Earlier this year, Nagelsmann delved deeper into the influence the man fondly dubbed as 'The Professor' and Klopp have had on his own style of play.
Rangnick has agreed a six-month deal with United and will then stay at the club as a consultant
Nagelsmann (second from left) has been influenced by Rangnick, as have countless managers
'They certainly introduced a distinct style into Germany, which had perhaps been practised previously in Italy, by Sarri and others,' he told the Bundesliga.
'Overall there tend to be trends in football that come and go and come and go. Ralf started using his extreme pressing and quick transitions all the way down in the fifth tier, the Oberliga.
'Jurgen Klopp did the same in the Bundesliga with Mainz and with Dortmund. He has always described his gegenpress as his teams' playmaker.