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YOU might barely have heard of him, but Manchester United have agreed a deal for Ralf Rangnick to become their interim manager for six months.

The German, who is a proponent of the gengenpress, is currently heads of sports development at Lokomotiv Moscow and he inspired Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

That means the club have bought themselves six months to find a replacement permanent manager with Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino front runners to take over.

Paris Saint-Germain have been irked by reports the former Spurs manager could head to Old Trafford and have blocked an approach.

United have now put any move for Poch, 49, on hold until at least the summer, but the Argentinian is still keen on the Red Devils.

Brendan Rodgers remains in the running, but United will have to stump £8million to prise him away from Leicester City.

In the meantime, former Barcelona, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao manager Valverde remains a popular option to become United’s interim manager.

The Spaniard, 57, has been out of work since leaving the Nou Camp last year, when he was replaced by doomed Ronald Koeman.

And Man Utd legend Peter Schmeichel wants to see his former team-mate Steve Bruce take temporary charge at the Theatre of Dreams.

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland has been urged to join rivals Liverpool over Manchester United or Chelsea.


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  • AV MISSED YOU 

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s mum Dolores Aveiro has cheekily hinted that she wants her son to make an emotional return to Sporting Lisbon.

    She was in Portugal for the impressive 3-1 midweek win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

    And she reposted a picture to her Instagram story of her celebrating alongside two pals with the caption: “Only you needed,” in an apparent message to the Manchester United man.

    One of the friends she was with, Portuguese broadcaster Pedro Fernandes, then replied by saying: “Even your mother agrees.”

  • VIN BUSINESS

    Manchester United are preparing a major offer for Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr, according to reports.

    The Red Devils are claimed to want a marquee signing after their disastrous start to the season – despite already splurging on three big name transfers in the summer.

    United find themselves eighth in the Premier League table, already 12 points behind Chelsea in top spot.

    According to El Nacional, they see recruiting Vinicius Jr as the solution.

    The Brazilian has been in red-hot form for Madrid this season, already bagging ten goals and seven assists in 18 appearances across all competitions.

  • ZAK HIM UP

    Manchester United are reportedly keen on a move for Switzerland international Denis Zakaria in a bid to bolster their midfield.

    The 25-year-old is out of contract at Borussia Monchengladbach at the end of the season and could be on his way to the Premier League.

    But the Red Devils are set to face stiff competition when it comes to signing Zakaria.

    BarcelonaJuventus and Roma are all eager to sign the midfielder, according to journalist Nicolo Schira.

    Zakaria has rejected Gladbach’s offers of a new contract and seems destined to move on.

    And Manchester United’s current midfield pairing of Fred and Scott McTominay have been the subject of intense criticism this campaign.

    So a move for Zakaria would give incoming interim boss Ralf Rangnick another option in the middle of the park.

  • RANGNICK ‘CONFIRMED’ BY FOUNDATION

    Ralf Rangnick’s non-profit organisation appear to have confirmed he is off to Manchester United, before deleting the post.

    The German’s appointment has not yet been confirmed by the Red Devils but the appointment is understood to be imminent on an interim basis.

    Ralfrangnickstiftung posted on Instagram: “We congratulate and are happy for our founder Ralf Rangnick, who signed contract until the end of the season as trainer has signed with the English club and has gotten himself a long awaited dream come true.”

  • NICE TUCH FOR CARRA

    Michael Carrick is relishing taking Manchester United to rivals Chelsea.

    The United caretaker boss is set to be in the dugout for Sunday’s clash with Thomas Tuchel’s leaders, despite Ralf Rangnick’s imminent arrival.

    Former midfielder Carrick, 40, is looking forward to it having regularly gone toe-to-toe with the Blues during his 12 years playing at Old Trafford.

    He said: “To be involved in big games as a player and coach, and now managing the team for the moment, it is hugely challenging. These games always are.

    “Ever since I came to the club, playing against Chelsea, we were big rivals and challenging for titles.

    “So I have got a history with Chelsea – and I enjoy that.

    “That’s competition at the highest level. That’s what we’re here for, that’s what we thrive on, and this is definitely one of those occasions.

    “I don’t see it as pressure, to be honest. I’ve known this club for so long and kind of been used to it.”

  • TOOK A WHILE TO WARM TO IT

    Rangnick added: “I can remember being in Arsenal’s old Highbury stadium and three minutes before kickoff a white ball flew out of the dugout and that was the signal the teams were on their way.

    “Then came the two teams. For two to three minutes they knocked the ball around. Then it started.

    “It was the same in amateur football. In my very first match, I arrived half an hour early and no one was there.

    “I looked for the others and finally they said, ‘What are you doing? It’s the captain who comes out first but only five minutes before the match’. These were some of the things I had to learn.

    “I also learned what happens when you mutually push each other with your team-mates, cheering each other and that really helped me a lot as my time as a trainer and player.”

  • IN FROM THE COLD

    Rangnick, whose favourite player growing up was former Manchester United star Garry Birtles, brought a professional attitude to his training that was not exactly matched by his new British team-mates.

    He recalled: “What was completely new for me coming from Germany – not only in amateur but also professional football – was in England you didn’t warm-up on the pitches before a match.

    “Instead, warm-up was really short and sweet, in the dressing room or in the corridor outside.

    “Even when I watched First Division matches, I turned up to the stadium half-an-hour early to see how they warmed up – and nothing happened.”

  • LUNG BUSTER

    Ralf Rangnick had a painful introduction to English football 42 years ago -THREE broken ribs and a punctured LUNG, writes ROB MAUL.

    Manchester United’s new interim manager, 63, played 11 matches for non-league Southwick in Sussex County Division One.

    The then 21-year-old was studying for a degree in English and PE at Stuttgart University but fancied keeping fit in amateur football during a year at the University of Sussex in Brighton.

    Just 154 people watched the German make his debut as a 76th-minute substitute in a 3-3 draw with Steyning Town on October 13, 1979.

    But in his second match away at Chichester, Rangnick suffered a serious injury.

    He recalled: “I had direct experience of being tackled from behind. I broke three ribs – and one of them punctured my lung.”

  • HOLD THE BACK PAGE

    Ralf Rangnick has answered Manchester United’s call to become interim boss, writes MARTIN BLACKBURN.

    The 63-year-old German is poised to sign a six-month contract as Old Trafford manager following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exit.

    Rangnick, currently sporting director at Lokomotiv Moscow, was offered huge incentives to get the Red Devils back into the Champions League next season.

    United intensified their search for a temporary chief after it became clear top targets Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers will not be available until the summer.

    Due to work permit issues, Rangnick will not arrive in England until next week – meaning Michael Carrick stays in charge for the trip to leaders Chelsea on Sunday.

    But if all goes to plan, he could be in the dugout when Arsenal visit the Theatre of Dreams on Thursday.

    Rangnick’s arrival after Solskjaer’s sacking on Sunday will allow United’s board the chance to weigh up their options before moving for a permanent manager in the summer.

  • GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    German football mastermind Ralf Rangnick is set to become interim manager.

    The 63-year-old will take over for six months whilst United look for a permanent fix, and once the right man is found, Rangnick will move up to a ‘consultancy’ role.

    Nicknamed ‘The Professor’, he was one of the pioneers of Gegenpressing, a style of play where teams immediately press the opposition after losing possession of the ball.

    His influence has been felt in the modern game, with many teams adopting his philosophy.

    Rangnick is currently the head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow.

    That means, due to work permit issues, he will not be in charge for Sunday’s clash at Chelsea.

    Man Utd are the only English side Ralf Rangnick has ever faced as a manager.

    However, he lost both legs of the 2011 Champions League semi-finals with Schalke, 6-1 on aggregate.

    On the transfer front, Manchester United will battle it out with a host of Europe’s top clubs including Spurs to sign £70million-rated Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

    According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are the latest to join the list of clubs keeping tabs of Vlahovic – including Spurs, Newcastle, AC Milan, Juventus and Arsenal.

  • ON HIS WAY

    The chairman of Russian giants Lokomotiv Moscow, Alexander Plutnik, has hinted that Ralf Rangnick is leaving the club to become Manchester United’s new interim manager.

    Although the deal is not yet signed, sealed and delivered, Lokomotiv chairman Plutnik has hinted that Rangnick is leaving to join United, insisting that the Russian outfit “will be fine” without him.

    Speaking ahead of Lokomotiv’s 3-0 Europa League defeat to Lazio on Thursday evening, he said: “Things are good. We are now focused on the game.

    “We will think after the match. Everything will be fine.”

  • MARVEL-LOUS

    A host of Manchester United legends turned out in the city tonight for the ‘Robbo: The Bryan Robson Story’ premiere.

    And that led to legendary ex manager Sir Alex Ferguson coming face to face with current interim boss Michael Carrick.

    The legion of stars were out to catch their first glimpse of the upcoming documentary about United and England icon Robson.

    Their former captain, now aged 64, spent 13 years at Old Trafford during his epic playing career and won a host of honours before departing to take charge of Middlesbrough in 1994.

    Now Captain Marvel’s stunning contribution to the success of Fergie will be shown on screen when the documentary hits Netflix, Amazon Prime and Rakuten on November 29.

    As well as his former manager, his old England midfield partner Paul Gascoigne was also in attendance.

  • KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

    Michael Carrick has insisted that he is still focused on this weekend’s big game against ‘rivals’ Chelsea.

    That’s despite news that Manchester United are on the brink of announcing they have agreed a six-month deal with Ralph Rangnick.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, Carrick, 40, said: “My future is this next two or three days. That’s as far as I am prepared to look.

    “That’s the right way to go about it. Football is that kind of business that you never know what is round the corner at the best of times.

    “All my energy and my mind at the moment is on Sunday.”

  • 3 PINTS FOR A WIN

    Footie fans could be allowed to drink during games again for the first time in 36 years, writes NATASHA CLARK and NICHOLAS GUTTERIDGE.

    The law banning booze in stands could be axed as part of a wide-ranging review of the sport.

    Among recommendations is a test scheme for fans to be able to drink alcohol during matches at League Two and National League clubs.

    Ministers have welcomed the move, part of a fan-led review headed by ex-sports minister Tracey Crouch.

    She said a “small scale and limited pilot” on the sale of alcohol “in sight of the pitch” would help struggling clubs rake in extra cash.

    Ms Crouch added yesterday: “This is about the financial sustainability of the lowest parts of the league — such a small change would make a huge difference.”

    Research suggests an average League Two club loses around £184,000 a season by not being able to sell booze to fans watching matches.

  • RON TOP

    Cristiano Ronaldo is still Man Utd’s biggest export.

  • NOT SHAW

    Ralf Rangnick raised concern over Manchester United star Luke Shaw in an interview in 2020, writes KEALAN HUGHES.

    The coach, 63, is set to take over as interim boss after agreeing a deal with the club.

    And he could be keen to improve the defence judging by an answer he gave in regard to where the Red Devils need to improve.

    “I think on the market there are a few young central defenders.

    “They (United) could do with a left-back.

    “I know they have Luke Shaw but I’m not so sure if he’s still on the same kind of level you need for a club like Manchester United.”

  • NET SPEND

    Man Utd have the biggest net spend since December 2018.

    Will Ralf Rangnick be given funds in the January transfer window?

  • BACK TO WORK

    United now turn their focus towards next weekend when they face league leaders Chelsea.

  • HAI THERE

    Ralf Rangnick could look to reunite with RB Leipzig ace Amadou Haidara, according to the Daily Mirror.

    The German signed the Mali international from fellow Red Bull side Salzburg for £17million in 2019.

    Haidara has grown in confidence at the German side and has been linked with a move to Newcastle recently.

    The 23-year-old might cost a fair whack, though.

  • PRANG-NICK

    Ralf Rangnick had a painful introduction to English football 42 years ago –THREE broken ribs and a punctured LUNG, writes ROB MAUL.

    The new interim Manchester United manager, 63, played 11 matches for non-League Southwick FC during the 1979-80 season in the Sussex County Division One.

    Then 21, Rangnick was studying for a degree in English and PE at Stuttgart University but fancied keeping fit in amateur football when he spent a year at the University of Sussex in Brighton.

    Just 154 people watched the German make his debut as a 76th-minute substitute debut in a 3-3 draw with Steyning Town on October 13, 1979.

    But in his second match away at Chichester in the November, Rangnick suffered a serious injury.

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  • POCH CHASE

    Manchester United are still ‘in pursuit’ of Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino despite reaching an agreement with Ralf Rangnick to become interim boss, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    The German, 63, will sign a six-month contract with the Red Devils, after the club sacked Norwegian boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The veteran is understood to have initially rejected United, but after new terms were offered, he has now accepted the deal to step into the dug-out until May.

    After that he is expected to take on a consultancy role at Old Trafford for the following two years.

    Rangnick is currently the head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow.

    That means, due to work permit issues, he will not be in charge for Sunday’s clash at Chelsea.

    Rangnick left RB Leipzig last year and joined Lokomotiv in the summer.

    However, despite his impending arrival, The MEN states United ‘are still very much in pursuit’ of Pochettino with regards to him joining at the end of the season.

  • WRECK IT RALF

    Manchester United are on the verge of signing up German football mastermind Ralf Rangnick, who will become their interim manager, writes JOSHUA MBU.

    Described as a ‘perfectionist’ by RB Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen, Rangnick expects his team to be highly organised and run their socks off.

    Rangnick described his style to ESPN, saying: “We like to press high, with a very intense counter-pressure. 

    “When we have the ball, we do not like any square or back passes.”

    The ‘very intense counter-pressure’ could see stars like Paul Pogba miss out on a starting spot.

    Cristiano Ronaldo has also come under fire in recent weeks for his lack of pressing from the front, but he’s an attacking weapon often too lethal to leave out.

  • NEXT FIVE

    League leaders Chelsea are up next for Man Utd.

  • RON WORRY

    Some Manchester United fans are fearing for legend Cristiano Ronaldo after it emerged Ralf Rangnick is set to become interim manager.

    The German, 63, will sign a six-month contract with the Red Devils, after the club sacked Norwegian boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    However, the news that Rangnick is set to arrive at United has led to many wondering where the 36-year-old Ronaldo would fit in under the new man.

    Especially after Rangnick labelled the Portuguese icon as ‘too old’ five years ago while he was RB Leipzig.

    Back then he asked whether he would ever consider signing Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

    And he replied: “It would be absurd to think that it could work with them here. They are both too old and too expensive.”

  • NICK-ED HIM AWAY

    Manchester United have agreed a deal to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager.

    But the move is subject to his current club Lokomotiv Moscow allowing him to leave his role as head of sports and development.

    United are currently involved in discussions with the Russian club to seal the move but are being respectful in their approach given Lokomotiv host Lazio tonight in the Europa League.

    Rangnick, 63, is set to sign on for six months as manager and he is in talks over a long-term director role at the club.

    However, the Red Devils have been unable to get a deal sorted prior to the visit to Chelsea on Sunday.

    That means Michael Carrick will continue in the dugout and have the opportunity to win his first Premier League match as a manager.

    Ragnick will become United's interim boss if Lokomotiv allow him to leave
    Ragnick will become United’s interim boss if Lokomotiv allow him to leaveCredit: EPA





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