Manchester United agree deal for Moscow-linked Rangnick to take over as manager – reports

Manchester United agree deal for Moscow-linked Rangnick to take over as manager – reports

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Ralf Rangnick to become interim manager, according to reports. The German is currently working as head of sports and development at Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow.

According to The Athletic, Rangnick is set to agree a six-month deal with the Old Trafford giants, subject to the agreement of Lokomotiv – which is not anticipated to be a problem.

Rangnick will then serve in a consultancy role for a further two years at United, according to the outlet.

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If confirmed, the 63-year-old will replace caretaker boss Michael Carrick, who presided over the 2-0 Champions League victory over Villarreal earlier this week.

Carrick, a former Manchester United midfielder, had stepped in after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the embarrassing 4-1 Premier League loss to Watford last weekend.

The widely-respected Rangnick previously managed at clubs including Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig in his homeland. He is seen as the pioneer of the modern German coaching approach, which has enjoyed considerable success through the likes of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

Rangnick enjoyed success as a director of football in his role at Red Bull clubs Leipzig and Salzburg.

On arriving at Lokomotiv Moscow in the summer, he set about remodeling the team and the set-up.

An emphasis was placed on youth and several older players were sold – including Polish international Grzegorz Krychowiak, who was previously seen as a key component of the team.

Lokomotiv manager Marko Nikolic also departed, being replaced by German Markus Gisdol.   

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