Manchester United have reached an agreement with Ralf Rangnick to become the club’s new interim manager until the end of the season, before taking on a two-year consulting role at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjær last Sunday after their 4-1 defeat from Watford, where the club slipped to eighth place in the league table.
United have been looking for a new temporary boss to take the reins until the end of the season, with Rangnick among a shortlist of candidates including Rudi Garcia, Lucien Favre, Paulo Fonseca and Ernesto Valverde.
United sources have confirmed that they are in discussions with Rangnick, but say that a deal has not yet been concluded with his club Lokomotiv Moscow.
United and Rangnick, who first started working with the Russian club on a three-year contract in July, are both keen to show respect for Lokomotiv, who have a Europa League match at home against Lazio on Thursday night.
The 63-year-old has previously spoken to United before appointing Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, and also had an interview at Everton before Carlo Ancelotti took over as manager at Goodison Park.
It is understood that plans to keep Rangnick at Old Trafford for another two years in a consulting role would not be a problem for Mauricio Pochettino if the Argentine is appointed permanent boss this summer.
Pochettino has worked under sporting directors at Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain, and would be comfortable with a similar set-up at United.
Manchester United have agreed to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager
Mauricio Pochettino (L) is goal no. 1 to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjær (R) next summer
Rangnick’s modern coaching, considered the ‘godfather of German football’, has revolutionized the game in his home country. He will take on a two-year consulting role when his six-month term as manager ends.
Rangnick will not be responsible for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea due to work permits. The 63-year-old has previously managed Hannover, Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.
He recently took on roles as football director of Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig before moving to Russia. He also had a stay as Leipzig boss.
Rangnick has a track record in developing young people and laid the foundation in Salzburg and Leipzig for people like Erling Haaland, Timo Werner and Dayot Upamecano to flourish.
United have entered into agreements with Rangnick, who will take on a consulting role after his stay ends.
Rangnick has had talks with United before and was the club’s top choice for the temporary role
Rangnick is known as the ‘Godfather of German football’ and is said to have inspired Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (right)
While United have experienced players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani, the Red Devils boast a relatively young team with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood still in the early stages of their careers.
It is still unknown whether Rangnick chooses to stick in Solskjær’s back room, which did not travel with the Norwegian this weekend.
Kieran McKenna, Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick are still at Old Trafford – with the latter monitoring United’s 2-0 win over Villarreal in midweek.
It is still unknown whether Rangnick (left) will hold on to Solskjær’s old staff, including Michael Carrick (right)
United have chosen to appoint a temporary boss after acknowledging that it is too difficult at the moment to land their primary target – Mauricio Pochettino.
Although PSG on Wednesday denied that an official approach to Pochettino has been rejected, Sportsmail understands that United had discreetly tried to determine through a third party whether a step to install the former Tottenham boss as permanent manager as soon as possible would be a realistic possibility.
However, PSG have refused to let the Argentine travel in the middle of the season and disrupt their campaign, although he is expected to reappear as a leading candidate for the United job this summer when Rangnick’s period ends.
In an interview with Coaches’ Voice, Rangnick explained how in his time as Leipzig and Salzburg’s technical director he placed great emphasis on scouting and developing players. He surprised bosses when he set out with his plans to sell players to double digits within two years of their arrival.
Rangnick boasts an impressive track record with youngsters, which will be crucial to the development of Marcus Rashford (L) and Mason Greenwood (H)
Jadon Sancho has struggled to gain influence but will hope to make his mark under Rangnick
The 63-year-old prioritized recruiting younger players and recruited early Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Kevin Kampl. He also focused on ‘club building’ rather than ‘team building’ and tried to form a stronger link between the club and its fans.
United’s relationship between the club and fans has been filled in recent years, with fans storming Old Trafford at the end of last season to protest against the Glazers’ ownership in the wake of the European Super League’s face.
Nicknamed ‘The Professor’, Rangnick is credited with designing Gegenpress and has proven to be an inspiration to Premier League coaches Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.
“I was honored when Jürgen Klopp suggested I could be the best German coach,” Rangnick told the same broadcast. ‘He and I have known each other for over 20 years and we definitely appreciate each other.
Rangnick was responsible for recruiting Sadio Mane in Salzburg and reselling at a large profit
The 63-year-old also gave Thomas Tuchel his first job in football – as a U-15 coach in Ulm
‘It’s common knowledge that we have a pretty similar idea of how football should be played, and I think that’s why he said the nice things about me
“My Hoffenheim team played against Jürgen’s Borussia Dortmund back in 2008. We beat them 4-1 and Jürgen said a week later before his next match that our style was exactly the kind of football he wanted to play with Dortmund. . “
Rangnick also gave Chelsea boss Tuchel his first coaching role in football – as U-15 coach at German Ulm, after he was forced to retire due to injury.
While it is a peculiar strategy to commit to two separate leadership appointments, the Old Trafford hierarchy is said to be satisfied that a temporary term would provide stability and momentum, while giving them the freedom to install a permanent replacement at the end of Season.
It also suggests that United know their favorite goal will not be available until the summer – whether it’s Pochettino or someone else. Ideally, they would have kept Solskjær in power until then, but United’s alarming loss of form forced the club to change its plan.
His focus is on ‘club building’ rather than ‘team building’, and his expertise can be useful with United fans frustrated by Glazers’ ownership
“You know what this club means to me and what I wanted to achieve here,” Solskjær said in an emotional farewell.
‘For the club, for the fans, for the players, for the staff. I wanted us to take the next step to challenge for the league, to win trophies, and I just think it’s right that it comes from the horse’s mouth.
‘It’s been a ball. Let’s keep supporting this team, you have to keep up with them. The [the fans] has been great with me since one of my first kicks with the ball, I scored with one of the first so far.
‘I’m sure we’ll see each other again, because if there’s any place I’m going to watch football matches, it’s at Old Trafford.’
Rangnick is tasked with getting United up the table after a poor start to the campaign