Ralf Rangnick has been named as Manchester United’s new interim manager, the club announced on Monday.

Rangnick will be retained by United as consultant until 2024.

“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.” Ralf Rangnick said.

Rangnick’s expertise as a coach and in various leadership roles, United believes, makes him uniquely qualified to get the most out of their underachieving team.

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.

John Murtough, Manchester United football director, said: “Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football. He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.

“Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role.”

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.

Michael Carrick, a former midfielder, will serve as interim manager until Rangnick’s work visa is completed, according to the club.

He has been in charge of United for the past two games, leading them to a 2-0 win over Villarreal to secure a place in the Champions League knockout rounds, and then a 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday

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