Manchester United announce Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

Sporting director Ralf Rangnick of Leipzig looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and RB Leipzig at Mercedes-Benz Arena on March 11, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Manchester United’s new interim manager Ralf Rangnick (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Manchester United has announced Ralf Rangnick as the club’s interim manager following the sacking of former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer was relieved from his role on 21 November, following a string of poor results which saw the club win only one of seven Premier League games.

Rangnick will take charge of the club until the end of the season, with his major task being to attempt to take the club back towards the top end of the table.

United reached an agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow last week for the release of for the 63-year-old, who was manager of sports and development at the Russian club.

Manchester United is currently in eighth place with 18 points from 13 games, 12 points below league leaders Chelsea.

“I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club,” said Rangnick after the announcement.

“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.”

After the end of the season, Rangnick will continue to work for Manchester United in a consultancy role for a further two years.