Manchester United are closing in on signing a six-month deal with the former RB Leipzig manager.
Manchester United officially started their search for a new manager when they sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday. The club are planning to hire an interim coach before recruiting a permanent successor next summer.
According to the Athletic, Man United have agreed a deal to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager. The German boss will reportedly sign a six-month contract at Old Trafford.
Rangnick is currently working as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow. According to English sources, Man United are negotiating with the Russian side over the termination of Rangnick’s deal.
Rangnick is considered among the most influential coaches of modern German football. Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, and Julian Nagelsmann have admired the manager for his interpretation of the Gegenpressing system.
In addition to his coaching experiences, the 63-year-old is well known for his team management skills. As a sporting director, Rangnick helped RB Leipzig in their quest to find their place among the Bundesliga front-runners. Man United are reportedly keen to give Rangnick a consultancy role after the end of his six-month deal.
Despite their efforts to sign Rangnick, Man United retain their interest in signing Mauricio Pochettino as their permeant coach. However, the Argentine is currently working at PSG, and he will not be available until the next summer.
It is unlikely that Rangnick would be available for the next Man United match against Chelsea. The manager needs time to get his work permit, planning to join the Red Devils for their game against Arsenal next week.