Ralf Rangnick finally confirmed as Manchester United interim manager

Ralf Rangnick has finally been confirmed as Manchester United’s interim manager until the end of the season.

The 63-year-old German leaves the Russian Lokomotiv Moscow to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

His first game at the helm of the club could be against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday when his visa is finalized.

Ralf Rangnick finally confirmed as Manchester United interim manager

Rangnick is highly regarded in the game and has been nicknamed 'the godfather of gegenpressig'

Rangnick is highly regarded in the game and has been nicknamed ‘the godfather of gegenpressig’

Rangnick will be tasked with boosting United’s season and bringing them back to the top of four of the Premier League standings. They are currently eighth, five points behind West Ham in fourth.

United kept Premier League leader Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday – Jadon Sancho put United ahead before Jorginho equalized from the penalty spot.

Sky Sports pundit and United legend Gary Neville suggested Rangnick pick the team and contact Stamford Bridge coaching staff to offer guidance as the match unfolded.

Darren Fletcher was pictured in the dugout wearing headphones during Sunday’s game, while Cristiano Ronaldo was a surprising omission in the starting line-up.

“A lot of people are trying Michael Carrick for dropping Ronaldo and picking that MDF,” Neville wrote on Twitter. “I feel like the manager-to-be chose that team because it’s a huge departure from midweek and what they’ve done.”

United's Darren Fletcher appeared to be communicating with Rangnick through an earpiece at Chelsea

United’s Darren Fletcher appeared to be communicating with Rangnick through an earpiece at Chelsea

United drew 1-1 against Premier League leader Chelsea on Sunday, with Jadon Sancho scoring

United drew 1-1 against Premier League leader Chelsea on Sunday, with Jadon Sancho scoring

Rangnick boasts an impressive football pedigree – known as the ‘Godfather of Gegenpressing’, the German has been a significant influence on some of the leading coaches in the game, such as Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann.

Rangnick has drawn comparisons to his and Klopp’s tactical ideas. In an interview with the Coaches Voice in September, he said: “Our idea is clear: it’s very similar to my almost coaching friend Jurgen Klopp.

“Our football is very heavy metal, rock and roll and it’s not slow balls. They are not square steps, but back steps. There’s no point in having the ball yourself.’

Klopp was equally praising Rangnick.

“Unfortunately, a good coach is coming to England, so that’s the way it is, to Manchester United,” Liverpool manager Klopp said when asked about Rangnick last Friday.

Ralf is clearly a very experienced manager, having built two famous clubs from scratch with Hoffenheim and (RB) Leipzig into the right threats and the right troops in Germany.

“I’ve had many different jobs in football, but his primary concern has always been being a coach, being a manager and that’s what his best skill is. United is organized on the pitch. I think we have to realize that and that is of course not good news for other teams.’

Jurgen Klopp is one of a number of esteemed coaches who have been influenced by Rangnick

Jurgen Klopp is one of a number of esteemed coaches who have been influenced by Rangnick

Ragnick (left) has a deep admiration for English football and studied in England at age 21

Ragnick (left) has a deep admiration for English football and studied in England at age 21

Rangnick also studied in England in his early twenties, a time when his love for English football was born. He played for non-league club Southwick FC.

Attention is now being paid to which players would suit United in Rangnick’s style of play. Ronaldo will take the bulk of the criticism after he sat on the bench at Chelsea, while Rangnick has also previously criticized Luke Shaw.

When questioned about United last year, Rangnick said: “I think they could use a left-back.

“I know they have Luke Shaw, but I’m not so sure he’s still at the same level you need for a club like Manchester United.”

And Jamie Carragher wondered if Rangnick will have time to transfer his methods to United’s roster, especially now that December is the most hectic time on the football calendar.

“There is a clear plan of what he wants to do,” Carragher told Sky Sports on Sunday. “When you look at Man United, you don’t know exactly what they are doing.

Ronaldo's place in United's line-up is under scrutiny under Rangnick's leadership

Ronaldo’s place in United’s line-up is under scrutiny under Rangnick’s leadership

Rangnick has also previously questioned whether Luke Shaw meets United's standard

Rangnick has also previously questioned whether Luke Shaw meets United’s standard

“There’s no exact science on how to win a football match, but United didn’t have a clear plan.

“This man has a clear plan. The problem he will have is that his plan goes to United with chalk and cheese.

“There are five or six players that you don’t think fit into that system. This needs coaching, this isn’t something you work on and it’s done in a week. It’s hard to find time to train.’

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