Manchester United hope to reach an agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow on the release of Ralf Rangnick as the club’s interim manager in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Negotiations between the clubs have been positive, with Rangnick currently being sports and development manager at the Russian club.
Rangnick, 63, will apply for a work permit once an agreement is reached, with the German expected to stay at United for another two years in an advisory role.
He is currently in Moscow after attending his current club’s Europa League match against Lazio on Thursday.
There is no specific match scheduled for the opening game of Rangnick’s interim spell at Old Trafford.
As it stands, Michael Carrick is still expected to be in charge of Sunday’s Premier League game at Chelsea, live on Air sports. United will then play against Arsenal in the league on November 2.
Carrick was hired on a temporary basis as United sought to appoint an interim boss following the resignation of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.
The former Manchester United midfielder secured a 2-0 win over Villarreal on Tuesday, securing the club a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Former Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde and former Lyon head coach Rudi Garcia were also considered for the interim role.
United are set 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?
One of the most respected names in German football, 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 adopted with great success.
He has been linked a number of times before with a move to the Premier League, both as manager and sporting director.
How Rangnick Revolutionized German Football
Nick Wright of Sky Sports:
Rangnick describes it as his “football epiphany”. It was February 1983 and at the age of 25 he was player manager of Viktoria Backnang, a small-town team in Germany’s sixth division, when Valeriy Lobanovskiy’s Dynamo Kiev showed up for a mid-season friendly.
Lobanovskiy’s side was considered the strongest in the Soviet Union and it was no surprise that they easily beat their amateur opponents aside. But the way they did it left a lasting impression on Rangnick, a stunned central midfield figure.
“A few minutes later, when the ball was out for a pitch, I had to stop and count the opponents,” he recalls in Raphael Honigstein’s book. the reboot.
“That was the first time I felt what it was like to go up against a team that systematically pushed the ball.”
Lobanovskiy’s ruthless, organized press tactics would form the basis of Rangnick’s own philosophy, one he would later implement at a range of clubs, including Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, that would revolutionize German football, inspiring a generation of coaches, including Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, and , finally take him to the Manchester United hot seat.
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‘Man Utd difficult to reject for Rangnick’
Analysis by German football expert Raphael Honigstein…
“I’m a little surprised because before he got a chance at Chelsea before Thomas Tuchel came in last January, he felt at the time that just four months in that role wouldn’t have been enough time.
“At United it’s a different story. First, there’s two-thirds of the season to go. Second, I think it’s the ‘United factor’, there’s a romance, a glamor to the role, meaning it’s very difficult.” to turn down, especially when you consider how many great players he has at his disposal.
“Not to work with them I think it would have been very difficult for someone who still has so much passion for the profession. Third, I think United have been very smart in realizing that they may not want to commit. to have him as a coach.” for the next three or four years Maybe they have something else, maybe they have someone else lined up for next summer.
“But they have a chance to get this man through the door, leverage his knowledge and enlist his help when it comes to setting up the academy, working with coaches, optimizing transfer strategy, all things which United have really knocked their weight under a bit.
“I think as a package it’s very hard to turn down and it works really well for him and for United.”
Carrick’s future? – ‘I don’t look beyond the Chelsea game’
Michael Carrick spoke to Laura Woods of Sky Sports ahead of Manchester United’s game against Chelsea on Super Sunday:
“My future is in the next two or three days, that’s as far as I’m willing to look. Football is the kind of business where you never know what’s around the corner at the best of times. All my energy, my mind, is gone. Sunday.
“I didn’t have to ask too many questions, it went really fast. This is my role for now, however long it may take.
“It’s not about how much I want to do this or how long, it’s about what’s really being asked of me. Right now I’m enjoying it for what it is, I understand what it is and my responsibilities, but I’m literally watching at this next game. It’s such a big challenge. What happens after that, we’ll have to wait and see.”
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