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Manchester United to name Ralf Rangnick new interim manager on six-month deal

Manchester United are set to appoint Ralf Rangnick their new interim boss.

The German has reached an agreement with the Premier League side and will sign a six-month deal at Old Trafford following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking at the weekend.

Following his six-month spell as manager, Rangnick will be retained for a further two years in a consultancy role, according to The Athletic,

Caretaker boss Michael Carrick, who was in charge for United’s impressive Champions League win over Villarreal on Tuesday, is expected to remain in the dugout for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea.

The visit of Arsenal on 2 December is likely to be Rangnick’s first game in charge.

According to The Athletic, the deal is subject to Rangnick’s current club Lokomotiv Moscow agreeing to release him from his contract.

The German currently serves as head of sports and development at the Russian side but United anticipate no problems in solving that issue.

United have interviewed a number of candidates for the temporary role in addition to sounding out the possibility of bringing in Mauricio Pochettino immediately as a long-term replacement for Solskjaer.

But with Paris Saint-Germain blocking United’s approach to bring the Argentine back to the Premier League this winter, the club have turned to Rangnick to lead them through until the end of the season.

The 63-year-old previously coached Schalke before moving into a management role with RB Leipzig.

He returned to the dugout during for the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons.

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