Breaking: Manchester United confirm Ralf Rangnick appointment ahead of Arsenal clash

Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as manager until the end of the 2021-22 campaign, replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rangnick will move into a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford upon the culmination of the season where he will have a say in transfer dealings as well as the new permanent manager.

The German has left his position as manager of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow to join the Red Devils.

Subject to his work permit being approved, his first game in charge could be against Arsenal on Thursday night. Michael Carrick will remain in charge until then.

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“Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football,” United football director John Murtough said in a statement on the club’s official website.

“He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.

“Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role.”

Rangnick’s most recent role as a manager was with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga where he helped them regularly qualify for the Champions League.

Between 2012 and 2021 he also oversaw all footballing activities at both Leipzig and sister club Red Bull Salzburg, before accepting a job with Lokomotiv in the summer.

“I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club,” the 63-year-old said in his statement following the announcement.

“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.

“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”

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