Ralf Rangnick has reached an agreement with Manchester United to become their interim manager.
United confirmed the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday following an extremely poor run of form for the Red Devils that culminated in a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Watford on Saturday.
A 5-0 hammering to Liverpool and an equally disappointing 2-0 defeat to Manchester City meant that pressure had mounted on the Norwegian.
United did defeat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in between, but the humiliation at Watford was enough to bring an end to Solskjaer’s time in charge.
Mauricio Pochettino was subsequently linked with the job on a permanent basis, especially after news emerged that he was keen to give up his role at PSG in favour of a long-term project in Manchester.
However, as per The Athletic, Rangnick is set to become United’s interim manager.
The club made it clear that they were planning to appoint an interim manager before readdressing the issue next summer, which is perhaps why an early move for Pochettino never materialised.
The agreement is subject to Rangnick’s current club, Lokomotiv, agreeing to release him from his contract, although United do not anticipate this to be a problem.
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He has agreed to a six-month deal until the end of May and will have a further two years consultancy role at the club.
The agreement is also subject to a work permit, and for that reason, he will not be in charge in time for the weekend’s game against Chelsea.
That means it’s likely that his first game will be against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 2 in what promises to be another telling story in the chapter of the two age old Premier League rivals.