Reports: Manchester United to name Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

Manchester United are close to appointing Rangnick as interim club manager until the end of the season, according to multiple reports.

The Red Devils have held advanced talks with the 63-year-old and he is expected to be announced soon as a short-term replacement for sacked former coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and current goalkeeper Michael Carrick, who was Solskjaer’s assistant.

Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has remained on United’s radar, but the Ligue 1 giants have reportedly stopped a preliminary investigation. Rangnick was leading the ship until the end of the season.

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Pochettino, the former Tottenham boss, is keen on a move to Old Trafford and would be open to leaving PSG in the middle of the current season. It is understood, however, that the mediators stopped the French side from letting him go and were sent off, as Ligue 1’s side were not interested in letting their head coach leave during the season.

Consequently, the United Board of Directors was running through a five-man shortlist as it searched for a temporary successor to Solskjaer.

It is understood that talks with Rangnick have been positive and he is expected to take the position on a sixth month basis. He can then remain after the season in an advisory role.

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Rangnick’s career as a manager

During his coaching career, Rangnick managed five clubs in the Bundesliga, including Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig.

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It was with Schalke 04 that they achieved the most success, finishing second in the Bundesliga in the 2004-05 season and winning the DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup in 2011.

In 2012, Rangnick became director of football for both RB Leipzig and Austrian sister club Red Bull Salzburg, with the 63-year-old playing an important role in helping Leipzig’s promotion from German football’s fourth tier to the Bundesliga.

Rangnick is currently the Director of Sports and Development for the Russian Premier League team Lokomotiv Moscow, having been appointed to the position in July 2021.