Ralf Rangnick has reached an agreement with Manchester United to become their interim manager, according to the latest reports.
As per The Athletic, the agreement is subject to Rangnick’s current club, Lokomotiv, agreeing to release him from his contract, although United do not anticipate this to be a problem.
He has agreed to a six-month deal until the end of May and will have a further two years consultancy role at the club.
The agreement is also subject to a work permit, and for that reason, he will not be in charge in time for the weekend’s game against Chelsea.
United confirmed the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday following an extremely poor run of form for the Red Devils that culminated in a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Watford on Saturday.
Pressure had mounted on the Norwegian following a 5-0 hammering to Liverpool and an equally disappointing 2-0 defeat to Manchester City, both taking place at Old Trafford.
A 3-0 win against Tottenham in between appeared to have got things back on track but the convincing defeat to Claudio Ranieri’s side appears to have been the final straw for the United board.
Mauricio Pochettino was subsequently linked with the job on a permanent basis, especially after news emerged that he was keen to give up his role at PSG in favour of a long-term project in Manchester.
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However, United made it clear that they were planning to appoint an interim manager before readdressing the issue next summer.
Rangnick, 63, has an extensive CV, having managed Hannover, Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.
He also took relatively unknown side Ulm to the Bundesliga for the first time and has had success as a director of football for both Red Bull Salzburg and Leipzig.