Manchester United are edging closer towards confirming an interim appointment following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Michael Carrick has assumed temporary charge of the side, overseeing this week’s 2-0 win in Villarreal.
Ralf Rangnick has emerged as the club’s first-choice target for the interim positions, with some reports claiming that an agreement has been struck between Manchester United and Lokomotiv Moscow over his extraction.
The 63-year-old is believed to be closing in on agreeing on terms with Manchester United as well but there are now concerns that he will not be in place by the time Arsenal make the trip to Old Trafford on Thursday.
That’s according to The Mirror, who say that although United are relaxed about their managerial situation, Carrick is expected to be in charge against Mikel Arteta’s side. Rangnick will not be at Stamford Bridge to watch United against Chelsea on Sunday.
United are said to be still ironing out the details on Rangnick’s short-term contract, with a work permit for the manager also not finalised yet, meaning that his first game in charge could be against Crystal Palace the following weekend.
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SN’s verdict on the managerial merry-go-round…
The dream scenario would be for Rangnick to assume responsibility at Carrington immediately after the Chelsea game but that as things stand, that’s unlikely.
The new regulations for foreign managers does offer up some complications to new arrivals but in the grand scheme of things, Carrick taking charge of one more game wouldn’t be a catastrophe.
Following the Arsenal game, Manchester United have a run of easier games and that would represent perfect timing for a new manager to come in.