Ralf Rangnick: Manchester United aims to reach an agreement on the appointment of the German as interim manager within the next 24 to 48 hours | football news
Manchester United are hoping to reach an agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow for the release of Ralf Rangnick to become the club’s interim manager within the next 24 to 48 hours.
Negotiations between the two clubs have been positive, with Rangnick currently working as Director of Sports and Development at the Russian club.
Rangnick, 63, will apply for a work permit once an agreement is reached, and the German is expected to stay at United for two years after the season in an advisory role.
He is currently in Moscow after attending his current team’s Europa League match against Lazio on Thursday.
No specific match was targeted in the opening match of Rangnick’s interim tenure at Old Trafford.
As it stands, Michael Carrick is still expected to take charge of Sunday’s Premier League game at Chelsea, live Sky Sports. Then United will be next in the league against Arsenal on November 2.
Carrick was appointed on a temporary assignment while United sought an interim chairman following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.
The former Manchester United midfielder oversaw a 2-0 win at Villarreal on Tuesday, ensuring the club qualified for the Champions League last 16.
Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde and former Lyon coach Rudi Garcia have also been selected to take over the interim role.
United are planning to set a permanent date at the end of the season, and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino will be their first choice, with Ajax boss Eric ten Hag also considering.
What could Rangnick bring to Manchester United?
Rangnick, one of the most respected names in German football, has overseen the rise of Red Bull’s club group in Europe as head coach and sporting director for both RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg.
He is credited with influencing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, and Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann among many others.
Rangnick has long been recognized as one of the first people behind ‘gegenpress’, which translates to ‘counterpressure’; An all-out running style and pressing that Klopp has adopted with great success.
He has been linked with a move to the Premier League many times before, in both a managing and sporting director role.
Nick Wright from Sky Sports:
Rangnick describes it as “the epiphany of football”. It was February 1983, aged 25, working as a player and manager for Victoria Bucknang, a small town team in Germany’s sixth tier, when Valery Lobanovsky’s Dynamo Kiev appeared in a mid-season friendly.
Lobanovsky’s team was considered the strongest in the Soviet Union and it was not surprising that they crushed their amateur opponents to the side. But the way they did it made a lasting impression on Rangnick, a bewildering midfield figure.
He recalls in Raphael Honigstein’s book, “After a few minutes, when the ball went out for a throw, I had to stop and count the opponents”, Reboot.
“It was the first time that I felt what it was like when I was systematically facing a team pressing the ball.”
Lobanovsky’s organized and relentless pressing tactics would form the basis of Rangnick’s own philosophy, a technique he would later apply to a string of clubs including Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, helping to revolutionize German football, and inspiring a generation of coaches including Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel. , and, eventually, took him to the hot seat of Manchester United.
“Man United is difficult for Rangnick to reject him”
Analysis from German football expert Raphael Honigstein…
“I’m a bit surprised because of course before he had a chance with Chelsea before Thomas Tuchel came in last January, at that moment he felt just four months in this role wouldn’t be enough.
“With United, it’s a different story. First, there’s still two-thirds of the season to go. Second, I think it’s the ‘unifying factor’, there’s a love story, a glamor attached to the role which means it’s very hard to turn him down especially if you look at the number of great players he has at his disposal.
“I think not working with them would have been very difficult for someone who still had a lot of passion for the job. Third, I think United were very smart in realizing that they might not want to commit to hiring him as a coach for the next three or four years. Maybe they have something different, maybe They have someone else waiting for next summer.
“But they have a chance to get this guy through the door, to tap into his knowledge and ask for his help when it comes to setting up the academy, working with the coaches, improving the transfer strategy, all the things United were really hitting below their weight a bit.
“I think it’s very difficult to turn down a single deal and it works well for him and Manchester.”
Carrick’s future? “I’m not looking beyond the Chelsea game”
Michael Carrick spoke to Sky Sports’ Laura Woods ahead of Manchester United’s game against Chelsea on Sunday Super:
“My future is the next two or three days, and that’s as far as I’m willing to look. Football is that kind of business where you never know what’s around the corner at the best of times. All my energy, my brain, is Sunday.
“I didn’t have to ask a lot of questions, it just happened so fast. It’s my turn right now, no matter how long it takes.
“It’s not about how much I want to do this or how long, it’s about what is really required of me. Right now I’m enjoying it for what it is, I understand what it is and my responsibilities but I’m literally looking forward to this next match. It’s a big challenge. Whatever. It happened after that, we have to wait and see.”
November 28: Chelsea (A) – Premier League, 4:30pm, live Sky Sports
December 2nd: Arsenal (H) – Premier League, match 8.15pm
December 5: Crystal Palace (H) – Premier League, 2pm
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December 11: Norwich (A) – Premier League, 5:30pm, live Sky Sports