The 63-year-old German, who will join from Lokomotiv Moscow, will be the interim manager of Manchester United until the end of the season.
Manchester United announced, on Monday, the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim coach until the end of the current season, eight days after the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 63-year-old German is stepping in to replace Solskjaer, who was ousted after United’s 4-1 defeat at Watford this month, their seventh defeat in 13 games in all competitions, which left them eighth in the Premier League standings.
Manchester United are pleased to announce the appointment of Ralph Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, in accordance with work visa requirements. After this period, Ralph and the club have agreed that he will continue in his advisory role for an additional two years,” the club said in a statement.
Rangnick joins from Lokomotiv Moscow, succeeding first-team coach Michael Carrick, who has been in charge of two matches since Solskjaer’s dismissal.
“He was our first candidate for the interim manager position, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he would bring from nearly four decades of management and coaching experience,” said John Murtaugh, Manchester United’s director of football.
Rangnick, the former RB Leipzig coach, said he is excited to join Manchester United and is focused on making it a successful season for the struggling club.
“The team is full of talent and they have a great balance between youth and experience,” he said. “All my efforts for the next six months will be to help these players reach their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.
“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s long-term goals on an advisory basis.”
United have gone from the relative inexperience of Solskjaer, who had been in charge for three years and won no title despite an improved squad, to a coach in Rangnick who had an influence on coaches such as Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel, and Bayern Munich. Julian Nagelsmann and Liverpool player Jurgen Klopp.
He has experience as a sporting director and first team manager – notably within the Red Bull network of clubs with roles in Salzburg and Leipzig. Before that, he won the German Cup with Schalke 04 in 2011 when he also reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Rangnick has been holding an executive position at Lokomotiv Moscow since July.