Manchester United appoints Ralf Rangnick as interim manager
Manchester United are in advanced talks to name Ralf Rangnick as the club’s interim manager until the end of the season, sources told ESPN.
Rangnick, 63, will leave his role as Head of Sports and Development at Lokomotiv Moscow and sign a six-month contract at Old Trafford.
Sources close to Rangnick initially distanced him from the role at Old Trafford when he was contacted by ESPN after Solskjaer’s departure. Sources added that a breakthrough came when an advisory role was offered as part of Rangnick’s move to the club. The exact terms of the advisory role are yet to be determined, but Rangnick is expected to remain in some capacity with United after his provisional tenure expires.
United have yet to officially confirm whether Rangnick will join, but a source added that talks are at an advanced stage.
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The German is unlikely to be in charge of Sunday’s Premier League game against leaders Chelsea for work permit reasons, but his first coaching game could take place on December 2nd against Arsenal.
United have been looking for an interim coach since the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after their humiliating 4-1 loss at Watford last week.
Former midfielder Michael Carrick is currently in charge as caretaker and led them to a 2-0 win at Villarreal on Tuesday to secure a spot in the knockout round of the Champions League.
Sources told ESPN that United had talks with former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde and that Lucien Favre, previously at Borussia Dortmund, was also on their list.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino is United’s long-term goal according to ESPN sources, but the club had rejected an initial request for its immediate availability.
Sources added that Pochettino would be interested in the vacancy at Old Trafford but is under contract in Paris until 2023 after signing an extension over the summer.
Information from Tom Hamilton of ESPN was used in this report.