Man Utd prepares to appoint Rangnick

Manchester United are close to appointing Ralf Rangnick as interim manager on a six-month contract.

The 63-year-old German is set to join United, but will not be in charge this weekend against Chelsea while he awaits his work permit.

United have reached an agreement with Rangnick, but not with Lokomotiv Moscow, where he is the director of sports and development.

It comes after United fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday after a three-year trophy-free stint as a manager.

Rangnick won the German Cup with Schalke in 2011 and led RB Leipzig to the final in 2019.

During the 2010-11 season he guided Schalke to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they lost 6-1 on aggregate to United, who were later defeated by Barcelona in the final.

United are eighth in the Premier League and Solskjaer, who scored the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final for the club, was sacked following an embarrassing 4-1 loss at Watford on Saturday.

Since then, interim Michael Carrick, Solskjaer’s assistant, took over for United on Tuesday for a 2-0 win at Villarreal, a result that ensured they would finish at the top of their Champions League group.

Rangnick has built an impressive reputation as a coach during his time in Germany, primarily through stints at Stuttgart, Hannover, Hoffenheim, Schalke and RB Leipzig.

He was subsequently in charge of the Red Bull club group and his current club, Lokomotiv, has a Europa League game against Lazio tonight and United is conscious of not disturbing his preparation.

Rangnick impressed during an initial conversation with United officials earlier this week.

However, he has had more discussions about his role beyond the end of the season.

Senior United officials believe Rangnick’s experience will be invaluable from a technical and structural perspective.

The move supports the Old Trafford team’s view that bringing in an interim coach at the end of the season will provide them space to properly assess the managerial situation.

Mauricio Pochettino is known to be interested in the United position, but the Premier League club is wary of engaging in lengthy discussions with PSG that could go on longer than they wish.

It is understood that Michael Carrick will remain in charge of Sunday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

More to follow.

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