MANCHESTER UNITED has agreed an agreement to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager.
But the move is conditional on his current club Lokomotiv Moscow allowing him to leave his role as head of sports and development.
United are currently involved in discussions with the Russian club to seal the move, but are respectful in their approach as Lokomotiv host Lazio tonight in the Europa League.
Rangnick, 63, is set to sign for six months as manager and he is in talks for a long-term director role at the club.
However, the Red Devils have not been able to get an appointment arranged prior to the visit to Chelsea on Sunday.
That means Michael Carrick continues in dugout and has a chance to win his first Premier League match as manager.
Rangnick is nicknamed ‘The Professor’ after pioneering repression in his home country.
He is said to have inspired top coaches such as Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann.
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And although Rangnick has never managed outside of Germany, he won 55 percent of his matches in RB Leipzig in his second round and got the club promoted to the Bundesliga in his first round.
It was rumored that United had a shortlist of five candidates to take over as interim boss.
Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, Lucien Favre, Paulo Fonseca and Rudi Garcia were all linked with Old Trafford dugout, as well as Rangnick.
United also had a switch to Mauricio Pochettino, who was blocked by Paris Saint-Germain but could make another blow for the Argentine once Rangnick’s temporary period is over.
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