new manager Ralf Rangnick backed to sign Erling Haaland – .

new manager Ralf Rangnick backed to sign Erling Haaland – .

Rene Meulensteen and Man Utd’s new interim manager Ralf Rangnick (Photos: YouTube / Getty)

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has backed new interim manager Ralf Rangnick to sign Erling Haaland for the Red Devils.

Rangnick, 63, is expected to be announced as United’s interim boss this week after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was dismissed from his post last weekend.

Michael Carrick was in charge of the Champions League win over Villarreal and the Premier League draw with Chelsea, but United want Rangnick to arrive at Old Trafford ahead of Thursday’s clash against Arsenal.

Rangnick is expected to sign a six-month contract with Manchester United before appointing a permanent manager next summer, but could be transferred to another post with the Red Devils after his stint as manager.

Meulensteen, who worked under Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, believes Rangnick’s ties to Germany could increase Manchester United’s chances of signing long-term transfer target Haaland.

Haaland, 21, has scored 71 goals in 70 appearances for Borussia Dortmund but could be sold for around £ 68million next summer when his release clause goes into effect.

“Football is all about relationships,” Meulensteen told Stadium Astro. “We all know Haaland is a tremendous talent with an incredible goalscoring record. He’s young, he’s direct, he’s fast, he’s strong.

Erling Haaland has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford (Photo: Getty)

“I think like a lot of fans I expected him to be at Man United already because of this relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They know each other but for some reason it didn’t materialize.

“It is important that you have a good relationship. Maybe Rangnick can bring something to the table and bring someone like Haaland to Manchester United. I think that would be a big scoop.

In Carrick’s second game as interim manager, Manchester United held Premier League leaders Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Former England midfielder Carrick said: “I’m slightly disappointed to be honest. We went ahead. We came here to win the game. Going up 1-0 and being taken out is disappointing.

Jadon Sancho scored as United held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw (Photo: Getty)

“This intention and this hunger summed up us today. We knew football wasn’t going to be smooth at times, but we were ready to dig.

“It probably sounds easier when you’re two-player versus a goalie, but it’s a bit of a cat and mouse. He [Jadon Sancho] managed to score and I’m happy for him.

“It’s been a decent couple of games. These are mixed feelings because I shouldn’t be here if things had turned out the way we wanted. I felt like we lost today because two wins would have been better.

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