Manchester United have officially announced that former RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim boss Ralf Rangnick has been appointed the club’s interim manager until the end of the season, following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just last week.
He is subject to work visa requirements.
Following this period, Ralf and the club have agreed that he will continue in a consultancy role for a further two years.
The German, who has been instrumental both on and off the field of all activities Leipzig have made over recent years, is well respected in his native country, with managers such as Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel regarding him as a ‘huge influence’ on their careers to date.
But with a tough job at hand for the 63-year-old, Rangnick will have some difficult decisions to make as he bids to change the fortunes of this United side who currently sit 8th in the Premier League.
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 an 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.
“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 wishes to place on record its thanks to Lokomotiv Moscow for their co-operation in the process of bringing Ralf to Manchester United.