Manchester United announced on Monday that Ralf Rangnick has been appointed as the club’s interim manager until the conclusion of the season.
Rangnick, 63, has agreed to a six-month contract at Old Trafford after leaving his position as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow.
The club made this announcement in a statement, “Manchester United is delighted to announce the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, subject to work visa requirements.
“Following this period, Ralf and the club have come to an agreement that he will continue in a consultancy role for a further two years.”
Rangnick is scheduled to take command of his first game in charge of United when they face Arsenal in the Premier League on Thursday, pending the completion of his British work permit.
Rangnick said, “I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club,”
“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.
“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”
In the Bundesliga, he has previously managed Hannover, Schalke, Hoffenheim, and RB Leipzig.
United have been looking for an interim manager since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired after a humiliating 4-1 loss at Watford on November 20.
According to the club, Michael Carrick, a former midfielder, will serve as interim manager until Rangnick’s work visa is completed.
He has been in charge of United for the past two games, leading them to a 2-0 win against Villarreal to secure a place in the Champions League knockout rounds, and earning a 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.