By Emmanuel Adeleke
Ralf Rangnick has been appointed as the interim manager of Manchester United until the end of the season.
The 63-year-old’s contract will see him take charge of the first team until June 2022, and then remain at the club for at least another two years in a consultancy role.
Manchester United reached an agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow last week for the release of Rangnick, who was manager of sports and development at the Russian club.
He will take over from Michael Carrick, who was temporarily in-charge of the team for last week’s 2-0 Champions League win over Villarreal and Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the Premier League, following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
However, Carrick will remain in charge for Thursday’s home match against Arsenal if Rangnick’s work permit is not approved on time.
Speaking on his appointment, 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.”