Woodward ‘impressed’ by ‘viable’ Man Utd manager target

Joe Williams
Man Utd executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward watches a match

Former RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick is a possible short-term option for Man Utd if they decide to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rangnick has taken charge of numerous sides, including Leipzig, Schalke and Hoffenheim, in a managerial career spanning 38 years.

Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann all credit the German as a great influence in their careers and he is regarded as an astute tactician.

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Rangnick has been linked with jobs in the Premier League in the past with Tottenham the most recent side to consider appointing the 63-year-old, who now works as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow.

A report a couple of days ago insisted that Rangnick was ‘still interested’ in the Man Utd job with pressure building on Solskjaer following a poor run of results.

Losses to Liverpool and Man City at Old Trafford in their last two home matches have particularly angered the Man Utd faithful.

It is understood that Solskjaer is very likely to be in charge of their next match but that hasn’t stopped speculation over who could replace him should the club’s board pull the trigger.

ESPN claims that Solskjaer is expected to ‘survive the international break’ but that sources close to Solskjaer ‘accept that he is vulnerable’ to losing his job.

The report adds ‘that the club’s preference is to keep Solskjaer in position until at least the end of the season’ but if not they could look to make a temporary appointment.

Rangnick ‘is considered a viable short-term option. The 63-year-old has impressed [Ed] Woodward during informal meetings in the past but now has a senior role at Lokomotiv Moscow.’

They continue by claiming that Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers and Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino would be two of the leading candidates should they sack Solskjaer.

Rangnick would fit the bill perfectly for Rio Ferdinand, who recently suggested that Man Utd were lacking “an experienced coach” to help Solskjaer with “coaching on a day-to-day basis”.

“The only thing they’re lacking in that dressing room is an experienced coach,” Ferdinand recently told The Athletic.

“However good those coaches are, they haven’t got the experience because they’re just not old enough. Mick Phelan’s main job isn’t coaching on a day-to-day basis. He probably coached our team a handful of times.

“He has other qualities that are outstanding. Sir Alex always championed Mick Phelan. He was a good sounding board.”