Manchester United appoints Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium

Manchester United has announced the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, subject to work visa requirements.

It follows the departure of former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær by mutual consent earlier this month after a run of poor results, notably a 5-0 home defeat against Liverpool which was the club’s worst result against their fierce rivals since 1925.

United said following his interim management period, Rangnick and the club have agreed that he will continue in a consultancy role for a further two years.

John Murtough, Manchester United football director, said: “Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football.

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

Michael Carrick will remain in charge of the first team until Ralf’s work visa is finalised.

The club said it wishes to place on record its thanks to Lokomotiv Moscow, where Rangnick is currently working, for its co-operation in the process of bringing him to Manchester United.