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Man Utd appoint Rangnick as interim manager

29 Nov 2021
Ralf Rangnick

German will take charge until the summer before having a two-year consultancy role with the club

Manchester United have announced the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager until the end of the season.

The 63-year-old German has left Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was head of sports and development, to take charge at Old Trafford until next summer, when he will assume a consultancy role with Man Utd for a further two years.

He will take over when his work visa is finalised, with Michael Carrick remaining in charge of the first team until then, having overseen Sunday's 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

Rangnick told the club's official website: "I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club. 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.”

'Number one candidate'

John Murtough, Man Utd football director, 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."

Rangnick's experience in football management dates back to the late 1980s.

As coach of Stuttgart, Hannover, Hoffenheim and Schalke he developed a reputation for his innovative tactics, such as counter-pressing and zonal marking.

He took Schalke to a runners-up place in the 2004/05 Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League semi-final in 2011/12 across two spells.

More recently, Rangnick had been working with Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig.

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