The wait is over for the anxious Manchester United fans who were eagerly anticipating the German mastermind, Ralf Rangnick to arrive at the club. The Premier League giants have officially announced the signing of ‘The Professor’ as he will take charge of the team in the role of interim manager until the end of the season. Ralf Rangnick’s contract has been formulated in such a way that will allow him to be in charge of the first team until June and then remain at the club for at least a further two years in a consultancy role.
Ralf Rangnick is likely to take charge of the team from this week
Solskjaer was sacked following United’s 4-1 defeat at Watford on November 20 after just under three years in charge. It was Michael Carrick, who was in temporary charge of the team for last week’s 2-0 Champions League win over Villarreal and Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the Premier League following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United reached an agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow last week for the release of Rangnick, who was manager of sports and development at the Russian club.
However, Carrick will remain in charge for Thursday’s home game against Arsenal if Rangnick’s work permit is not processed in time.
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Here’s what Ralf Rangnick told United’s website following his appointment:
“I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club. The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.”
“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis,” added the German manager.
Rangnick will be joined at United by a small number of his own staff, while those working under Solskjaer will remain as part of the new regime. Rangnick guided RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg to rise to the top as head coach and sporting director.
United are planning to make a permanent appointment at the end of the season. Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is their first choice, with Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag also in their shortlist.