Official: Ralph Rangnick announced as Manchester United manager
Rangnick’s at the wheel
Just over a week after Manchester United cut ties with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the back of a 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road, they have found a new manager.
Speculation swirled for the first few days around the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique, Erik Ten Hag or even Rudi Garcia, but ultimately it is an interim boss that United have opted for, in the shape of Ralph Rangnick.
Welcome to Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick 🔴🇩🇪#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 29, 2021
Well, sort of. As per various outlets, Rangnick has become the Manchester United manager on an interim basis until the end of the season, but will be around the club far longer, with a two year consultancy period having been agreed as well.
Manchester United have official contracts and paperworks now ready to announce Ralf Rangnick appointment as interim coach – deal until June. 🔴 #MUFC
Two years ‘consultancy’ role confirmed. He’ll have an influence on new manager decision & contracts expiring in the summer.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 29, 2021
What the club said
In an official statement, Manchester United said:
Manchester United is delighted to announce the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, subject to work visa requirements.
Following this period, Ralf and the club have agreed that he will continue in a consultancy role for a further two years.
Michael Carrick will remain in charge of the first team until Ralf’s work visa is finalised.
The club wishes to place on record its thanks to Lokomotiv Moscow for their co-operation in the process of bringing Ralf to Manchester United.
Ralf Rangnick, meanwhile, said:
“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.”
Will Rangnick be able to juggle a dressing room full of egos and steer Manchester United back into the top 4?