Rangnick breaks silence as Manchester United confirm plan
Manchester United have announced the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager, with the German then moving into a consultancy role.
After sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this month, Manchester United outlined their plan to have Michael Carrick take charge until a new head coach could be secured until the end of the season, with a permanent replacement made in the summer.
Carrick steered Manchester United to the Champions League knockout stages with a victory over Villarreal, before engineering a 1-1 draw against Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
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But Rangnick will now take over for the remainder of the campaign after Lokomotiv Moscow released him from his current contract as head of sports and development.
Manchester United confirmed that Rangnick is awaiting a work visa for the sensible six-month move to be finalised, before the German moves into a consultancy role for a further two years.
“I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club,” he told the club’s official website.
“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.”
Manchester United football director John Murtough added: “Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football.
“He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.
“Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role.”
Carrick will continue in his role as interim manager until Rangnick gains clearance to take over, with Manchester United facing Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday.
The Red Devils are currently eighth in the Premier League table, with as many wins as they have defeats from their 13 games thus far.
Rangnick took an unusual step during negotiations over the position, which is only his second outside of Germany after the post at Lokomotiv Moscow, which Rangnick took in July.