Manchester United to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

Manchester United are in advanced talks to appoint Ralf Rangnick as the club’s interim manager until the end of the season, sources have told ESPN.

Rangnick, 63, is expected to step down as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow and sign a six-month contract at Old Trafford.

Sources close to Rangnick initially pulled him away from the role at Old Trafford when contacted by ESPN following Solskjaer’s departure. Sources added that a breakthrough was made when a consultant role was offered on Rangnick’s move to the club. The exact terms of the consultant role have yet to be determined, but Rangnick is expected to remain at United to some extent after his interim term ends.

United have yet to officially confirm whether Rangnick will join, but a source added that talks are at an advanced stage.

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The German is unlikely to be in charge of Sunday’s Premier League game against the leaders Chelsea for work permit reasons, but his first game as a manager could be against Arsenal on December 2.

United have been looking for an interim manager since dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the humiliating 4-1 loss to Watford Last week.

Former midfielder Michael Carrick is currently in charge of the goalkeeper and guided them to a 2-0 victory at Villarreal Tuesday to secure a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Sources told ESPN that United had talks with former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde while Lucien Favre, previously at Borussia Dortmund, was also on their list.

Paris Saint Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is United’s long-term goal, ESPN sources say, but the club saw a first investigation into its immediate availability postponed.

Sources added that Pochettino would like the vacant position at Old Trafford but is under contract in Paris until 2023 after signing an extension this summer.

Information from Tom Hamilton of ESPN has been used in this report.

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