Ralf Rangnick set to become Manchester United interim manager

Ralf Rangnick set to become Manchester United interim manager

Ralf Rangnick is set to finalize a deal to become Manchester United’s interim manager until the end of the season.

Discussions are ongoing over a deal that would also see Rangnick stay at the club for two years beyond the end of the season in a consulting role.

Rangnick, 63, is one of the most respected names in German football and is currently director of sports and development for Lokomotiv Moscow.

United are still in talks with the Russian club over a deal to release him.

As it stands, Michael Carrick is still expected to be in charge of Sunday’s Premier League game at Chelsea, live on Air sports.

Carrick has been placed on temporary charge as United lead a thorough process to appoint an interim boss after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last week.

Former Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde and former Lyon head coach Rudi Garcia had also been considered for the interim role.

The club plan to make a permanent fixture at the end of the season and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is their first choice, with Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag also in their thinking.

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What would Rangnick bring to Man Utd?

Rangnick oversaw the rise of the Red Bull club group in Europe as head coach and sporting director of RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg.

He is credited with influencing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann among many others.

Rangnick has long been recognized as one of the first people to originate the “gegenpress”, which translates as “counter-press”; the style of high-pressure, all-round running adopted to great renown by Klopp.

He has been linked with a move to the Premier League on several occasions, both in a managerial and sporting director role.

Man Utd’s upcoming matches

November 28: Chelsea (a) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm, live Air sports

December 2: Arsenal (h) – Premier League, kick-off at 8:15 p.m.

December 5: Crystal Palace (h) – Premier League, kick-off at 2 p.m.

December 8: Young Boys (h) – Champions League, kick-off 8 p.m.

December 11: Norwich (a) – Premier League, kick-off 5.30pm, live on Air sports


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