Manchester United did not consult Sir Alex Ferguson before deciding to appoint Ralf Rangnick as the club’s new interim manager. Rangnick is poised to join United as the club’s temporary head coach on a six-month deal until the end of May following a breakthrough in talks on Thursday.
The 63-year-old is currently the head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow, but an exit to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor at Old Trafford is not expected to be an issue.
Rangnick has been in management since 1983 and has previously taken charge of Hannover, Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.
He is known as the godfather of gegenpressing and is a big influence for managers like Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Ralph Hasenhuttl.
While he has been mentioned in reports previously, the news, which was first reported by The Athletic, that United had reached an agreement with him still came as a surprise on Thursday afternoon.
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He has retained huge influence at the club he managed with great distinction for 27 years, choosing David Moyes as his successor, but was not involved in Rangnick’s appointment, according to The Mirror.
Instead it has been football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher who have led the search, while executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward remains influential.
It was their call to put Michael Carrick in temporary charge after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.
And it will be that group, alongside chairman Joel Glazer, who make the final call on who will become the club’s long-term manager next summer.
Woodward is due to step down from his role in April, with managing director Richard Arnold tipped to replace him in the hierarchy.
Ferguson is a known admirer of Mauricio Pochettino, who is currently working for Paris Saint-Germain, but Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers is also understood to be under consideration for the role.
Pochettino is understood to be keen on a return to the Premier League, where he has previously taken charge of Southampton and Tottenham.
The Argentine is currently living in a hotel in Paris, away from his wife and children, who live in London.
United have previously contacted Pochettino and remain interested in appointing the 49-year-old, whose pressing philosophy would likely make him a good fit to succeed Rangnick in the summer.