Manchester United have reached an agreement with Ralph Rangnick to become the club’s new interim manager.
The Red Devils parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday after their 4-1 win over Watford, with the club finishing eighth in the league table.
United have conducted a search for a new interim coach to take over until the end of the season, with Rangnick among a shortlist of candidates including Rudi Garcia, Lucien Favre, Paulo Fonseca and Ernesto Valverde.
The Athletic newspaper reported that an agreement has been reached with Rangnick, who will leave his position as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow to take up the position.
The Russian club still has to agree to release Rangnick from his contract, although it is understood United do not view this as an obstacle for the 63-year-old to take the helm.
Regarded as the “Godfather of German Football”, modern Rangnick coaching has revolutionized the game in his homeland. The same outlet reported that he will take up a two-year advisory position once his six-month period in responsibility has expired.
The Manchester Evening News It was reported that Rangnick flew to Manchester at the beginning of the week for talks with the club. He reportedly declined an initial offer to take over, but has since agreed to the new terms.
Rangnick will not be responsible for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea for work permit reasons. The 63-year-old has previously managed Hannover, Schalke 04, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.
He recently held positions as Director of Football at Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig before moving to Russia. He was also the president of Leipzig.
Manchester United have reportedly reached an agreement to name Ralf Rangnick as interim coach
Mauricio Pochettino (left) is the club’s first goal to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right)
It remains to be seen if Rangnick will choose to retain Solskjaer’s staff who did not depart with the Norwegian over the weekend.
Kieran McKenna, Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick are still at Old Trafford – the latter overseeing United’s 2-0 win over Villarreal in midweek.
United chose to appoint an interim president after acknowledging that achieving their main target – Mauricio Pochettino – is very difficult at this point.
Although PSG denied on Wednesday rejecting any official approach to Pochettino, Sportsmail understands United have secretly tried through a third party to ascertain whether the move to appoint the former Tottenham boss as permanent manager as soon as possible would be a realistic option.
United have entered into terms with Rangnick, who will take up an advisory role after his assignment ends
It remains to be seen if Rangnick (left) keeps Solskjaer’s old crew, including Michael Carrick (right)
However, PSG are reluctant to let the Argentine go in the middle of the season and disrupt their campaign, although he is expected to re-emerge as a major candidate for United’s job in the summer, once Rangnick’s tenure is over.
Although committing to appointing separate managers is an odd strategy, Old Trafford’s hierarchy is said to be convinced the temporary will provide stability and momentum while giving them the freedom to install a permanent replacement at the end of the season.
It also indicates that United know their favorite target won’t be available until the summer – whether that’s Pochettino or someone else. Ideally, they would have kept Solskjaer in charge until then, but United’s annoying dip in level forced the club to change the plan.
“You know what this club means to me and what I wanted to achieve here,” Solskjaer said in a touching farewell.
For the club, the fans, the players and the device. I wanted us to take the next step to challenge in the league, win titles and I think it’s right that it comes from the horse’s mouth.
It was a ball. Let’s keep supporting this team, you have to keep going with them. that they [the fans] You’ve been amazing with me since my first kicks on the ball, and I scored with one of my first kicks, so far.
“I am sure we will meet again because if there is a place where I will watch football matches, it is at Old Trafford.”
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