Rangnick speaks with Man United about the manager’s job
Manchester – Manchester United resorted to the famous German coach Ralf Rangnick to save the team’s season by assuming temporary responsibility.
No final agreement has been reached but discussions with United are underway over the former Leipzig coach leaving his position as head of sport and development at Lokomotiv Moscow, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing talks.
The managerial vacancy opened at United with the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday. Rangnick could only be coach until the end of the season, but there is a possibility he could play a continuing role in the 20-times England champions.
Former United midfielder Michael Carrick, who was in Solskjaer’s coaching staff, has been appointed on a temporary assignment with United saying he wants to appoint a temporary manager until the end of the season before a permanent appointment is set. Carrick started midweek with a 2-0 win over hosts Villarreal, earning a spot in the Champions League round of 16.
United returned to play in the Premier League on Sunday at Chelsea, 12 points off the leaders. But there are still more than two-thirds of the season left to fill the six-point gap in the Champions League qualification spots.
United have struggled to find stability since Alex Ferguson’s 26-year reign ended with his heading into retirement in 2013 by lifting the Premier League title for the 13th time. Only three titles have been won since then, with Louis van Gaal clinching the FA Cup in 2016 and Jose Mourinho League Cup and European League the following year.
United will move from Solskjaer’s inexperience to 63-year-old Rangnick with experience as sporting director and coach – particularly within the Red Bull network of clubs with roles at Salzburg and Leipzig. Prior to that, he won the German Cup with Schalke 04 in 2011 when he also reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Rangnick pioneered the high-intensity pressing method that was developed in Germany and has increasingly dominated world football over the past decade. He had an influence on young coaches such as Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea and Julian Nagelsmann of Bayern Munich.
Rangnick was coach for only two seasons at Leipzig, one of which spent in the second division with the then fast paced German club.
Going to United could allow him to get used to the team before going upstairs when a permanent manager is appointed.
Rangnick has spent most of his time over the past decade as sporting director, first in Salzburg, then in Leipzig and then in a general role for the entire Red Bull network, overseeing transfers and recruitment while coaches handle the day-to-day tactical work.
His last role in Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow was much the same, with overall authority for transfer strategy and the recent appointment of a German national, Marcus Gisdol, as coach.
Rangnick has been regularly linked with high-profile jobs at major European clubs over the past decade, without the rumors completely coming true. He was most closely associated with the job of Milan coach for most of the 2019-20 season, but the move collapsed after Stefano Pioli’s results improved enough for a contract extension.
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