Red Devils are about to announce Ralf Rangnick, their interim manager. The deal will allow Rangnick to assume a two-year consulting role.
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Manchester United and Ralf Rangnick have reached an agreement to be their interim manager until the season ends.
The 63-year-old German will spend six months of the Premier League season at Old Trafford before moving into a consulting role. This was something Ed Woodward, the current United vice-chairman, advocated for.
Rangnick, who was the director of football for both RB Salzburg (RB Leipzig) and RB Salzburg (RB Salzburg), has established himself as one the most skilled operators in the industry.
His remarkable eye for talent led to Salzburg signing Sadio Mane, while Leipzig landed the likes Joshua Kimmich or Timo Werner.
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Rangnick was asked to take on a consulting role in United’s boardroom because Woodward felt the club needed more leadership and direction post-Sir Alex Ferguson.
United believes Rangnick’s European football knowledge is invaluable to the club as they aim to end the eight-year wait for a Premier League title.
Rangnick’s short term contract has been reached between the club representatives and Rangnick. They also discussed the details of Rangnick’s de facto two-year position as a sporting director.
An agreement is expected to be signed by Sunday’s close of the weekend. Rangnick will therefore not be present at United’s visit to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
Rangnick could also miss Arsenal’s visit in December due to work permit issues. Current caretaker boss Michael Carrick could be in charge for at least two more games.
United’s first match with Rangnick at its helm is likely to be at Crystal Palace on December 5.
A club source revealed why United chose Rangnick’s expertise to over other candidates. “Beyond the managerial side, his lens on football philosophy and strategy is second to none, particularly with the phenomenal job he did at Salzburg and Leipzig.”
Rangnick will be aware of the magnitude of the task before him, United currently languishing as seventh in league table – 12 point behind table-toppers Chelsea.
Carrick will understand that he needs to incite the current United stars to perform similarly to the performance at Villarreal this week. United won the group with a 2-0 win.
Loss to Chelsea could mean United’s title hopes are over before Rangnick even arrives.