Ralf Rangnick is close to finalizing a deal to become interim manager of Manchester United until the end of the season.
Talks are underway about a deal that will see Rangnick stay with the club in an advisory role for another two years after the end of the season.
Rangnick, 63, is one of the most respected names in German football and is currently sports and development manager for Lokomotiv Moscow.
United remain in talks with the Russian club about an agreement to release him.
As it stands, Michael Carrick is still expected to be in charge of Sunday’s Premier League game at Chelsea, live on air sports.
Carrick has been appointed on a temporary basis as United go through a thorough process to appoint an interim boss following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week.
Former Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde and former Lyon head coach Rudi Garcia were also considered for the interim role.
The club plans to make a permanent position at the end of the season and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is their first choice, with Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag also on their minds.
What would Rangnick bring to Man Utd?
Rangnick oversaw the rise of the Red Bull club group in Europe as the head coach and sporting director of RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg.
He is credited with influencing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann, among others.
Rangnick has long been recognized as one of the first people behind the ‘gegenpress’, which translates as ‘counter press’; the powerful, all-encompassing running style that Klopp has made famous.
He has been linked a number of times before with a move to the Premier League, both as manager and sporting director.
Upcoming matches of Man Utd
Nov 28: Chelsea (a) – Premier League, 4.30pm kick-off, live on air sports
Dec 2: Arsenal (h) – Premier League, kick-off at 8.15pm
5th of December: Crystal Palace (h) – Premier League, kick-off 2pm
Dec 8: Young Boys (h) – Champions League, kick-off at 8 p.m.
December 11: Norwich (a) – Premier League, kick-off at 5.30pm, live on air sports