Manchester United said Ralf Rangnick was the club’s number one candidate for interim coach
Manchester United has appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim coach until the end of the season, subject to work visa requirements.
The 63-year-old takes over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked on 21 November following Watford’s defeat.
Rangnick has left his role as head of sports and development at Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow to take over the job.
“I’m excited to join Manchester United and focus on making this a successful season,” Rangnick said.
After the end of this season, Rangnick will remain at Old Trafford for an additional two years as a consultant.
His first game for United, eighth in the Premier League, could be against Arsenal on December 2 if his application for a work permit is received on time.
Otherwise, temporary coach Michael Carrick will remain at the helm of the team.
“The team is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience,” Rangnick added.
“All my efforts over the next six months will be to help these players develop their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.
“Beyond that, I hope to support the club’s long-term goals as a consultant.”
Rangnick has built an impressive coaching reputation during his stay in Germany, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel talking a lot about his compatriot.
He put Ulm on the path to promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time before moving on to Stuttgart, Hannover, Hoffenheim, Schalke and RB Leipzig.
He won the German Cup with Schalke in 2011 and led RB Leipzig to the final in 2019.
During the 2010-11 season, he led Schalke to the Champions League semi-finals, where they lost 6-1 overall to United, who were then defeated by Barcelona in the final.
“Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football,” said United football director John Murtough.
“He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from nearly four decades of management and coaching experience.
“The whole club is looking forward to working with him over the next season, and then for two more years in his advisory role.”