Man Utd agree to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager


Manchester United will appoint German coach Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired on Sunday.

Solskjaer was relieved of his duties after a humiliating 4-1 loss away to low-key Watford and it turned out that the club planned to make a short-term appointment before appointing a permanent manager at the end of the season.

Rangnick – who has managed Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga – will leave his role as Lokomotiv Moscow’s head of sports and development to take on the job.

According to The Athletic, the 63-year-old will sign a six-month contract at Old Trafford before acting as a consultant for the club for another two years.

While Man Utd have an agreement with Rangnick himself, the agreement will depend on Lokomotiv releasing him from his contract in the Russian capital, although it is not expected to be a problem.

Rangnick will not be sidelined when the Red Devils face Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday while awaiting a work permit.

United had been heavily linked with an unlikely mid-season move for Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino this week, and the Argentine has not done much to dispel speculation. However, it seems that the club’s hierarchy has decided to wait to make its move for the former Spurs boss.

Rangnick reached the Champions League semi-finals with Schalke in 2011, where they were knocked out by Man Utd, and watched RB Leipzig’s rapid rise from the fourth tier of German football to the Bundesliga and the top teams of European football as head of football between 2012 and 2019.

He is also considered one of the brains behind Gegenpressing, and has influenced Jurgen Klopp’s, Thomas Tuchel’s and Julian Nagelsmann’s coaching styles.

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