Manchester United have appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of 2021-22 season.
Rangnick joins on a short-term deal until the end of this season as he replaces Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager, after the Norwegian was sacked last week following a slump in form.
The club will announce a new permanent manager in due course who will take charge of the Red Devils from next season, with Rangnick moving across to a consultancy role within Utd’s backroom set-up.
Speaking about his decision to depart his role as Sports and Development Manager at Lokomotiv Moscow to take charge at Old Trafford, Rangnick said: “I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club.
“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.”
Rangnick also added that he is looking forward to the prospect of “supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”
Man Utd’s Football Director, John Murtough added that Rangnick was the club’s “number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.”
United also confirmed that Michael Carrick will continue to take charge of first-team training until Rangnick’s work visa has been finalised, which could also mean that Carrick takes charge of Thursday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal live on Amazon Prime.
If that is the case, Rangnick’s first match as Man Utd manager will see the Red Devils host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday 5 December in an untelevised clash.
Rangnick’s previous clubs include VFL Stuttgart, RB Leipzig and Schalke 04 where he won three trophies with the latter team.
What Can Utd Fans Expect From Rangnick?
With over 40 years experience in football management, Rangnick certainly brings a wealth of knowledge because he could opt to implement his 4-2-2-2 style, or stick with Utd’s 4-3-3 formation although his priority will have to be instilling creativity in midfield where Utd have struggled badly this season.
Defence also is another concern which Rangnick will need to sort out because they have been sloppy in recent weeks, especially if he is to bring his high intensity football to Old Trafford but sorting the back line and central midfield will be crucial to successfully introducing that style.
Rangnick also has a love of developing youth which could well prove of immense value for many youngsters like; Teden Mengi, Hannibal Mejbri and Anthony Elanga amongst others who are looking to break through into the first team this season.