Manchester United confirmed on Monday that Ralf Rangnick will serve as temporary manager until the end of the season, eight days after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 63-year-old German takes over for Solskjaer, who was fired after United’s 4-1 loss to Watford earlier this month, their seventh loss in 13 games in all competitions, leaving them in eighth place in the Premier League table.


“Manchester United is pleased to announce Ralf Rangnick’s appointment as temporary manager until the conclusion of the season, subject to work visa restrictions.” “Ralf and the club have agreed that he will continue in a consultancy role for another two years following this term,” the club said in a statement.

Rangnick replaces first-team coach Michael Carrick, who has been in charge for two matches since Solskjaer was fired.

Manchester United’s Football Director John Murtough said, “He was our number one candidate for interim manager, demonstrating the invaluable leadership and technical abilities he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.”

Rangnick, who previously managed RB Leipzig, said he was looking forward to joining Manchester United and was focused on helping the club have a great season.

He described the group as “packed of quality” with a “wonderful combination of youth and experience.” “For the next six months, all of my efforts will be focused on assisting these players in realizing their full potential, both individually and collectively.”


“Aside from that, I’m looking forward to providing consulting services to the club to help them achieve their long-term goals.”

Rangnick has been an influence on managers like Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel, Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann, and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp. United has gone from the relative inexperience of Solskjaer, who was in charge for three years and did not win a trophy despite improving the makeup of the squad, to a coach in Rangnick who has been an influence on managers like Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel, Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann, and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.

He has previous experience as a sporting director and first-team manager, most notably at Red Bull’s Salzburg and Leipzig clubs. He previously won the German Cup with Schalke in 2011, as well as reaching the Champions League semi-finals.

Rangnick had been with Lokomotiv Moscow as an executive since July.


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