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Man Utd close to appointing Rangnick as interim manager
Ralf Rangnick is close to finalising a deal to become Manchester United interim manager until the end of the season. Discussions are ongoing over a deal that would also see Rangnick remain at the club for two years beyond the end of the season in a consultancy role. © Associated Press Rangnick, 63, is one of the most respected names in German football and is currently manager of sports and development for Lokomotiv Moscow. United remain in talks with the Russian club over an agreement to release him.
So is this the new reality for? Has ’s caretaker manager Michael Carrick given him a glimpse of what to expect from interim boss Ralph Rangnick?
The Portugal star spent more than an hour sat freezing on the bench at Stamford Bridge on Sunday followed by an entirely forgettable 26-minute appearance as a substitute.
‘Of course, Cristiano is the standout name,’ said Carrick of his team selection beforehand. ‘I had a good chat with Cristiano and actually he was great.’
Really? By the end of it all, Ronaldo was so great he was first off down the tunnel once again and barely hesitated to acknowledge an outstretched hand from his manager.
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Sportsmail understands the 63-year-old German coach - who is head of sports and development at Lokomotiv - has agreed terms on a six-month contract at Old Trafford.Sportsmail understands the 63-year-old German coach - who is head of sports and development at Lokomotiv - has agreed terms on a six-month contract at Old Trafford following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking last weekend.
Carrick insisted that the decisions yesterday were entirely his, and bristled at suggestions that Rangnick’s fingerprints were on United’s game plan.
But ever since Rangnick – the so-called godfather of gegenpressing – was identified as United’s manager until the end of the season, the Ronaldo question has been on everybody’s lips.
How does a coach who insists on pressing accommodate a 36-year-old player who doesn’t press? Maybe this was the answer. And if it is, how long will Ronaldo put up with a bit-part role after a career spent on centre-stage?
Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher fell out over the Ronaldo question on Sky Sports.
‘Ronaldo’s not come back to Man United to sit on the bench. This is frustration, he’s angry,’ said Keane.
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SCOTT PATTERSON - REPUBLIK OF MANCUNIA: Rangnick believes he has a lot to offer and has ensured his role in helping us get back to where we should be won't end this season.Now, Ralf Rangnick is on the brink of taking over until the end of the season before moving into an advisory role with a manager taking over on a longer-term basis.
‘This idea he’s going to start closing people down is not going to happen, but sometimes you need to work around your superstar.’
That problem now falls to Rangnick whose appointment was confirmed to the United players in the dressing-room after yesterday’s game, according to Eric Bailly.
Gary Neville felt the German may have had an influence over events. Others suggested technical director Darren Fletcher may even have been on the phone to Rangnick during the game. Either way, the idea that United pressed harder because of his imminent arrival rankled with Carrick.
‘I think there’s a lot made of that question to be honest,’ he said. ’When something gets thrown out there, it’s easy for everyone to agree and repeat what’s been said. That’s the nature of the beast, but it’s not true.
‘Pretty much every game bar two or three we’ve set out to press. We did that today and won balls high up the pitch. We always looked to get on the front foot in some way.’
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Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in January and led Chelsea to win the Champions League within five months and Cesar Azpilicueta expects Ralf Rangnick to have a similar impact.The 20-time champions of England sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week following a disastrous 4-1 loss at Watford, a fifth reversal in the last seven Premier League outings.
It was pressing that led to United’s goal, and Carrick disagreed with Anthony Taylor’s decision to penalise Aaron Wan-Bissaka for a challenge on Thiago Silva.
‘I don’t think it was a penalty at all,’ he added. ‘When you are in front in a game like this, to have it taken away is disappointing.’
Jorginho equalised from the spot and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel claimed the Italian had been dazzled by the floodlights when he lost control of the ball, allowing Jadon Sancho to break away for the opening goal.
‘A mistake like this is very unusual, especially with Jorgi,’ said Tuchel. ’He misjudged the situation and was heavily disturbed by the lights so he did not see the ball.
‘It takes a lot of courage and personality to take the penalty for the equaliser.’
Premier League: Rangnick: Why work permit still missing .
Ralf Rangnick is taken until the summer 2022 coach of Manchester United. Its office is delayed by the bureaucracy. © Provided by SPOX Ralf Rangnick is new interim coach at Manchester United . However, his debut on the sideline is delayed by a missing work permit. That announced United in an official statement. More at SPOX Rangnick Buhls at Leipzig-Star PEP: "Will always be coach of City" reason for this is the Brexit, Rangnick is still waiting for a valid work visa.