Man Utd’s preferred interim manager Ralf Rangnick issues ultimatum


The German wants to remain at Old Trafford beyond the end of the season (Pictures: Getty)

Ralf Rangnick has made it clear to Manchester United that if he is going to take the interim manager job then he wants to remain at Old Trafford beyond the end of the season.

The Red Devils axed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday after a disappointing run of games in which they collected just four points from a possible 21 in the Premier League, with first-team coach Michael Carrick placed in charge on a caretaker basis.

United are now on the hunt for either a new permanent manager or an interim boss, with the latter more likely given that their preferred targets are all currently in jobs.

Michael Carrick watches Villarreal v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League

Carrick is set to continue in the dugout against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino, Ajax boss Erik ten Hag and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers are the trio of names most of interest to United, though all three would prefer to wait until the summer and are reluctant to leave their clubs mid-season.

That means an interim boss is the most likely option for United at this stage and Rangnick – who is currently head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow – is seen as the best candidate to steady the ship.

But, according to The Times, any deal has been complicated by the fact Rangnick would want assurances that he would remain at the club beyond the end of the season.

While the German has a long history of coaching teams, more recently he has worked behind-the-scenes and he would be keen to take on a new role in a sporting director-type capacity at Old Trafford.

But United only recently appointed John Murtough as football director and Darren Fletcher as technical director, with Rangnick actually overlooked for those roles previously.

Rangnick has managed Leipzig, Schalke and Hoffenheim (Picture: Getty)

The Manchester Evening News report that United’s hierarchy are wary of upsetting the balance they have created on a management level, while the 63-year-old is known to be incredibly demanding and would want a far bigger say at the club rather than simply coaching the players.

Even though Rangnick ticks a host of boxes, his demands could threaten a potential move unless United are willing to cave in and offer a longer term role, with Ernesto Valverde still being considered as an alternative.

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