MANCHESTER UNITED have agreed a deal to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager but the move is subject to his current club Lokomotiv Moscow allowing him to leave. He is currently head of sports and development at the Russian club and United are currently involved in discussions with Lokomotiv to seal the move.
Rangnick, 63, will sign on for six months as manager and he is in talks over a long-term director role at the club.However, the Red Devils have been unable to get a deal sorted prior to the visit to Chelsea on Sunday.
That means Michael Carrick will continue in the dugout and have the opportunity to win his first Premier League match as a manager.
Rangnick is nicknamed ‘The Professor’ having pioneered Gegenpressing in his native country.He is said to have inspired top coaches like Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann.
Although Rangnick has never managed outside Germany, he won 55 per cent of his matches at RB Leipzig in his second spell and got the club promoted to the Bundesliga in his first stint.
It was rumoured United had a shortlist of five candidates to take over as interim boss.Former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde, Lucien Favre, Paulo Fonseca, and Rudi Garcia were all linked to the Old Trafford dugout, as well as Rangnick.
United also had a move for Mauricio Pochettino blocked by Paris Saint-Germain, but could make another swoop for the Argentine once Rangnick’s interim spell is over.