Manchester United are edging closers towards confirming the imminent arrival of Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager, having dismissed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following last weekend’s defeat to Watford.
Rangnick has been linked with a move to Manchester United before but according to German journalist Patrick Berger, the 63-year-old will sign his contract with the club early next week and be in place for the Arsenal game on Thursday.
Earlier on Friday, Jurgen Klopp became the first manager to publicly react to the news of Rangnick joining Manchester United and now, another German manager has followed suit.
Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has spoken highly of Rangnick and the past and is convinced that the former RB Leipzig chief will leave a lasting impression at Old Trafford.
“I believe that United will play good games in the next few weeks, and I wish for him that he can stay there longer than “just” until the summer. And when the stress really starts with him, I’ll give him a call.”
As with many of Germany’s leading coaches, Rangnick has influenced Nagelsmann with his coaching. Rangnick preceded Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig as the club’s head coach and did the same at Hoffenheim earlier, although their tenures were separated by half a decade.
As his comments would suggest, Nagelsman is well versed in what kind of football Rangnick will bring to Manchester United but perhaps, more importantly, the type of impact he will have at board level.
According to reports, the German will stay at the club in an advisory role following his stint as interim manager and will have a ‘leading role’ in the club’s decision to appoint a permanent successor to Solskjaer.