Ralf Rangnick: Manchester United Set To Appoint German As Interim Manager

Leipzig's German headcoach Ralf Rangnick attends the German Cup (DFB Pokal) Final football match RB Leipzig v FC Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on May 25, 2019. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) / DFB REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND QUASI-VIDEO. (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United have reportedly reached an agreement with Ralf Rangnick to become their interim manager following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Media reports in England say Rangnick has agreed a six-month deal to manage the Red Devils until the end of May, before moving into in a consultancy role at the club for an initial two-year period.

United announced their intention to hire an interim boss until the end of the season after they parted company with Solskjaer last weekend with Rangnick one of five candidates linked with the role.

The 63-year-old German will not be in charge this weekend against Chelsea while he waits for his work permit reports say.

United will still need to reach an agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow, where he is the head of sports and development.

Rangnick won the German Cup with Schalke in 2011 and took RB Leipzig to the final in 2019.

During the 2010-11 season he guided Schalke to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they lost 6-1 on aggregate to United, who were then beaten by Barcelona in the final.

United are eighth in the Premier League and are currently being managed by Michael Carrick, Solskjaer’s assistant.

Carrick took charge of United on Tuesday for the 2-0 win at Villarreal, a result that ensured they would finish top of their Champions League group.

Rangnick has built an impressive coaching reputation during his time in Germany, chiefly through spells at Stuttgart, Hannover, Hoffenheim, Schalke and RB Leipzig.

The move for Rangnick is in line with United’s stated strategy of appointing an interim manager to the end of the season before naming a permanent boss.

Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be the Old Trafford club’s preferred choice but it is understood the Spaniard’s present club PSG rebuffed United enquires earlier in the week.