Ralf Rangnick reportedly set to become Manchester United’s interim manager
The news of Rangnick’s appointment was reported by The Athletic – a news source infinitely more reliable than the troll that is Eric Cantona.
The Red Devils have agreed a six-month deal with the 63-year-old, who will leave his cushy role as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow to try his hand at making Harry Maguire, Fred and Scott McTominay look like half-decent players.
United’s former manager, the hapless Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was sacked last weekend after Maguire placed the final nail on top of the Norwegian’s coffin for Watford to hammer it home.
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According to The Athletic, however, Rangnick’s move to United is dependent on the Russian club’s approval, although that is not expected to pose a problem. That is unless, of course, Roman Abramovich decides to call in a few favours from his Russian comrades, just so he can one day be entertained by the sight of cabbages being thrown onto the Old Trafford pitch.
Rangnick is expected to helm United till the end of the season in May, and will stay on a further two years in a consultancy role. United will reportedly look to hire Mauricio Pochettino or Erik Ten Hag on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
As expected, news of Rangnick’s impending appointment has already sent United fans in a tizzy, who believes he will be the one to get the best out of their top stars.
While Rangnick is lauded for helping to revolutionise coaching in German football, and is known for his work at Schalke and RB Leipzig, his silverware cabinet remains surprisingly bare, having only won a total of four senior level trophies.
Unfortunately for United, Rangnick – whose name is often bandied about by fans as an ideal managerial candidate based on his reputation, rather than actually having seen the work he’s done – will not be in the dugout for the team’s next game against current Premier League leaders Chelsea due to work permit issues.
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This means that Rangnick’s first match in charge of United will likely see him go up against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal on the morning of Dec 3 (SGT).