Manchester United in advanced talks to make Ralf Rangnick interim manager

The Guardian - Thu Nov 25 15:51

Manchester United are in advanced talks with Ralf Rangnick over becoming their interim manager until the end of the season. Rangnick, a former head coach at clubs including RB Leipzig and Schalke, is Lokomotiv Moscow’s head of sports and development.

United are continuing negotiations with Lokomotiv, where the German signed a three-year deal in July. Rangnick will accept the post only if guaranteed a consultancy contract from May until 2024 or 2025, and United are understood to have agreed to that condition.

United held talks with Rangnick on Monday and have had discussions with other candidates including the former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde. The club said when sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjær last Sunday that they would look for a temporary manager for the remainder of this campaign before making a longer-term appointment.

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Rangnick has not worked as a manager since holding the fort at Leipzig in the 2018-19 season while the club waited for Julian Nagelsmann. He had previously been the head coach there before becoming sporting director in 2016.

United face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and then play Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday.