Manchester United are interested in hiring Ralf Rangnick as interim manager, after being rejected by Paris Saint-Germain with a first request for Mauricio Pochettino.
United keep their options open in the hunt for a successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and are prepared to hire an interim to take over from current caretaker Michael Carrick until the end of the season if their preferred candidates are unavailable for the summer.
90min has already revealed this week that the ideal candidates Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino would both be willing to leave their respective teams and take over at Old Trafford now if United approach. But having to deal with other clubs makes things more complicated.
ESPN writes that intermediaries who contact PSG on behalf of United regarding the question of Pochettino’s availability have been met with initial rejection.
90min declared on Tuesday that PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is aware of Pochettino’s interest in joining United and is far from happy about the situation.
In a further complication, AS has reported that PSG could not persuade Zinedine Zidane to take over at the Parc des Princes if Pochettino were to leave. The Frenchman is said to have doubts about accepting a job in the middle of the season and would rather wait.
Zidane seems to be the only name currently on PSG’s wish list. But even if they could take a renewed approach during the summer, the delay would have a contagious effect in Manchester.
Depending on how the situation develops with Rodgers, who has a contract in Leicester until 2025, it could lead to United having to wait until the summer to appoint a permanent manager – this is a scenario they are prepared for because an interim was mentioned in the club’s statement. about Solskjær.
Steve Bruce has thrown his hat in the ring, while United are also rumored to have contacted ex-Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde to take temporary responsibility for the next five months, but the Manchester Evening News writes that Ralf Rangnick has also now been ‘selected’ .
It is said that the German is the “preferred” option for the temporary job if United can not secure a deal for a permanent appointment before the summer.
Rangnick is currently head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow. He has primarily held similar roles for most of the past decade, and became head of football for both Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig in 2012 and later led Red Bull’s global football operations.
In 2011, Rangnick Schalke led to the Champions League semi-finals and lost to United, while two separate seasons as Leipzig’s head coach over the past 10 years saw them move up to the Bundesliga (2015) and qualify for the Champions League (2019).
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