Manchester United settle on Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

Manchester United have agreed terms with Ralf Rangnick is set to become interim manager until the end of the season .

The 63-year-old German coach is head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow, and United are in talks with the Russian club to secure his release.

Sources say that an agreement has yet to be reached between the two clubs – with United respectful that Lokomotiv had a Europa League game at home to Lazio last night – but it is expected to be confirmed.

Rangnick, who will stay on at United for a further two years in a consultancy role as part of the deal, still needs a work permit so caretaker boss Michael Carrick will remain in charge for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.

United have chosen Rangnick as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement from a shortlist that included Ernesto Valverde, Lucien Favre, Rudi Garcia and Paulo Fonseca.

It is said that Rangnick has a good relationship with the Old Trafford hierarchy having previously spoken to the club before they appointed Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

He has previously coached Stuttgart, Hannover, Hoffenheim and Schalke, having made his name by leading Ulm into the Bundesliga for the first time in their history.

Rangnick also had two stints in charge of RB Leipzig after being appointed as director of football in 2012 as the club rose to the top-flight from the fourth tier of German football.

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