Rangnick’s first Man Utd match confirmed after work permit news

Joe Williams
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New Man Utd interim boss Ralf Rangnick will be in charge of his first match on Sunday after he was granted a work permit.

The Red Devils face Arsenal tonight – with Rangnick set to watch from the stands at Old Trafford – before facing Crystal Palace at the weekend, where the German boss will be in charge of his first match.

Current caretaker manager Michael Carrick will lead Man Utd against the Gunners this evening after guiding them to a victory over Villarreal and a draw at Chelsea in his two matches in charge.

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And Sky Sports have announced that it will be his last match at the helm with Rangnick ‘granted his work permit’ after ‘waiting for the approval process and necessary paperwork to be completed’.

Man Utd confirmed the appointment of Rangnick earlier this week and the new interim boss ‘will speak to the media for the first time in the role on Friday ahead of the opening game of his tenure at home against Crystal Palace on Sunday’.

Carrick claimed yesterday that he has not yet spoken to Rangnick with the German unable to offer any input.

“I haven’t got anything to update on,” said Carrick, who has steadied the ship following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.

“The process of the work permit and visa is ongoing as we speak. I am in this position, as I was for Villarreal and Chelsea. I’m getting the boys ready for game tomorrow night.

“It is pretty much as it was for both games. Because of the process we haven’t been able to (speak). We have carried on as we have done. It has worked well for the last two games and hopefully it will tomorrow.”

Carrick, who served as assistant coach to Solskjaer and his predecessor Jose Mourinho, is likely to revert to a backroom role but the ex-Man Utd midfielder admits he has enjoyed his spell in the hot seat.

The 40-year-old said: “A lot has happened in the last week to 10 days. I have certainly had to adapt and take on a new challenge and different skills sets.

“I’ve enjoyed seeing how I’ve coped with that at times. You don’t know until you are in this situation.

“Sometimes you have to learn on the job and that has been the case but, I have to say, for the most part of it I have enjoyed it.”