Manchester United are hopeful of reaching an agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow for Ralf Rangnick to be released to become the club’s interim manager in the next 24 to 48 hours according to Sky Sports.
Negotiations between the clubs have been positive so far, with Rangnick currently manager of sports and development at the Russian club.
Rangnick, 63, will apply for a work permit once an agreement is reached with the Premier League outfit, with the German expected to remain at United for two years beyond the season in a consultancy role.
He is currently in Moscow after attending his current club’s Europa League match against Lazio on Thursday. The German International may focus on developing the current Manchester United players to adapt his style of play.
However, sources claim that Rangnick could enter into the January transfer window for players of his preferred choice.
At the end of the season, the German may reportedly advise who ever United appoint as permanent manager to bring in additions with players of German football orientation the likeliest to be recommended by Rangnick.
As it stands now, no specific game has been targeted for the opening game of Rangnick’s interim spell in charge at Old Trafford. With the German yet to be announced at Manchester, players have been linked to the German’s coming.
It’s understood that Manchester United may enter into RB Leipzig camp to lure a couple of their stars. More updates will be given on Manchester United transfers under Ralf Rangnick.
Michael Carrick is still expected to be in charge for Sunday’s Premier League game at Chelsea. Manchester United are then next in action against Arsenal in the league on November 2.
Carrick was placed in temporary charge while United sought to appoint an interim boss following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.
The former Manchester United midfielder oversaw the 2-0 victory at Villarreal on Tuesday which secured the club’s progress to the last 16 of the Champions League.
Former Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde and former Lyon head coach Rudi Garcia had also been considered for the interim role.
United are planning to make a permanent appointment at the end of the season and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is their first choice, with Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag also in their thinking
What would Rangnick bring to Man Utd?
Rangnick, one of the most respected names in German football, oversaw the rise of the Red Bull group of clubs in Europe as head coach and sporting director of RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg.
He is credited with having influenced Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann among many others.
Rangnick has long been recognised as one of the first people behind the ‘gegenpress’, which translates as ‘counter-press’; the high-pressing, all-out running style adopted with great success by Klopp.
He has been linked with a move to the Premier League a number of times before, in both a managerial and sporting director role