Manchester United expect Ralf Rangnick in the dugout against Crystal Palace

Michael Carrick will take charge of the team on Thursday night against Arsenal, while Ralf Rangnick is forced to wait for his work permit to be approved.

We suspect the German coach will have a big influence on the starting eleven versus the Gunners, though he will he watching this one from the directors’ box.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Rangnick is expected to be in the dugout for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace, when he will take charge of his first game in England.

Despite claims from ESPN suggesting that Rangnick would have to wait until mid-December to fully take charge, the German arrived in the UK before the new travel restrictions kicked in on Tuesday morning.

This means he will be free to start work at Carrington as soon as his visa is granted, though he must stand before the Football Association first.

The MEN also state that Michael Carrick will be in charge on Thursday night – as expected.

Stretty News’ verdict

The Athletic’s Adam Crafton nailed it on Twitter when he said: “These delays to Rangnick just underline further the weirdness of #mufc standing by Solskjaer after the City game. Probably three weeks a new manager could have had by the time he finally arrives.”

This is far from ideal and I think most United fans agree that they left Solskjaer in charge for a little too long.

The board backed Solskjaer because – like a lot of us – they wanted to see him turn it around.

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