Manchester United have appeased supporters with one of their most exciting appointments in modern history, with the club thought to be close to announcing the arrival of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season.
News of the German’s arrival at the Old Trafford club broke earlier this week, with some reports now claiming that official confirmation from Manchester United is expected within 48 hours.
Journalist and transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano has now explained the ins and outs of the deal, and has outlined Rangnick’s long-term ‘vision’. Furthermore, the Italian insider has insisted that Rangnick would be keen to continue in the manager’s job past this summer but as things stand, he will take up a consultancy role in 2022.
“Rangnick wanted to work with “vision”, a keyword that has always been in his career. This type of role at Man United will allow it,” Romano exclusively wrote for BenchWarmers.
“The club will remain active in seeking a new manager for June 2022, although Rangnick would be in favour of remaining as manager for the long-term should the club so wish.
“Otherwise, as a consultant, he will have great power together with the board for the choice of the new face of Man United 2022/2023: Mauricio Pochettino has been the most appreciated for months, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers remain on the club list.
“But it will be decided in the coming months.”
SN’s verdict on Rangnick potentially staying beyond the summer as manager…
The dream scenario would be for Rangnick to lead United through this season with a trophy at the end of it before helping the club identify the perfect successor. But should the 63-year-old exceed all expectations on the pitch, there’s no reason to rule him out of the running for the permanent gig.
Rangnick’s appointment points towards a change in mentality at the club, with more power relinquished to outside hires rather than the Glazer family’s familiar foes.
But supporters will be desperate to take things one step at a time following this tumultuous start to the season. One thing is for certain, however – Rangnick will receive a warm reception on his Old Trafford bow and fans will swiftly take to his ideas.