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Manchester United appoint Ralf Rangnick as their new manager

Manchester United announced on Monday 29th of November, they had appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rangnick, 63, has left his role as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow and signed a six-month contract at Old Trafford.

John Murtough, Manchester United football director, stated that Rangnick was their number one candidate for the interim manager position and added: “Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football.

Rangnick is expected to take charge of his first game when United host rivals Arsenal on Thursday in the Premier League, although this is subject to the finalisation of his British work permit.

Rangnick won one German Cup title in 2011 with Bundesliga club Schalke 04 and bagged two Austrian Bundesliga titles (2014, 2015) with Red Bull Salzburg.

Manchester United currently stand at the 8th spot in English Premier League with 18 points.

Former midfielder Michael Carrick will remain as caretaker manager until Rangnick’s work visa is completed, the club said.

He has been in charge for the side’s previous two games, first guiding United to a 2-0 win at Villarreal to secure a place in the Champions League knockout rounds before claiming a 1-1 draw to Chelsea on Sunday.

“I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club,” Rangnick said.

Former United defender Gary Neville tweeted: “Welcome to the Greatest Football Club in the World Ralf Rangnick.

“A contract for 6 months to coach the team. A contract for 2 years to coach the club.”

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