New interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, is set to take charge of Manchester United for the very first time on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils, who are scheduled to host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, will now work under the guidance of Rangnick following Michael Carrick’s decision to depart the club earlier this week.
The highly-rated German, who will lead the senior first team for at least the next six months, will be hoping to get off to a flying start.
United currently sit in seventh place in the Premier League table and although they do have a game-in-hand over Spurs, who are in sixth spot, it is imperative that the side take all three points away from Sunday’s game.
Addressing fans during the club’s pre-match programme, Rangnick has revealed how his main aim is to ensure that the club climbs the table following what has so far been a disappointing season.
“Good afternoon,” Rangnick wrote. “Managing Manchester United, even in an interim capacity, is a massive challenge but, to me, this feels like I am in the right place at the right time.
“I have been here at Old Trafford before, as an opposition manager with Schalke in the 2011 Champions League semi-finals, while also watching matches from the stands on other occasions. I also visited Manchester a couple of times while my eldest son spent three months studying at university here, and I am delighted to be back again.
“Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world. There is so much history here, so many titles won, so many great players produced and developed.
“Right now, I am here because development is what needs to happen again. Nobody at the club is happy to be where we are in the Premier League table. It has been an average season so far, there is no avoiding that, but this club has players who are much better than the position we currently occupy and it is my job to improve those players and that position.”