Manchester United

Man Utd tipped to pause manager hunt to give Ralf Rangnick more time

Jamie Spencer
Ralf Rangnick is making progress at Man Utd as interim manager
Ralf Rangnick is making progress at Man Utd as interim manager / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Manchester United have been tipped to delay their pursuit of a new permanent manager in order to see how things continue to progress with current interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

Rangnick arrived as a temporary replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season, but agreed to remain at the club in advisory role for two further years to work alongside the expected permanent appointment.

United have endured more mixed results and performances under the revered German coach, losing to Wolves, throwing away a 2-0 lead against Aston Villa and underwhelming against Newcastle. But positive changes do appear to be gradually happening as he and the players adapt to each other more and more as the weeks pass.

Fans are also largely onside, refreshed by Rangnick’s honesty and openness about various issues when speaking to the media before and after games.

The Sun claims that United are sufficiently impressed by Rangnick’s impact so far and are prepared to pause the search for a new manager in order to see what he can achieve in the remainder of the season – United are well in the hunt for a top four Premier League place, could feasibly win the FA Cup, and are also still alive in the Champions League.

Rangnick is a vastly experienced career coach known for his development of young players. He is also credited with being a defining influence on most of the best German coaches working today, including Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann.

Ex-Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has long been the leading candidate to take over permanently. The Argentine is proven in the Premier League and is a known favourite of United director and legendary former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

He was even prepared to leave current club PSG immediately in November before Rangnick had been appointed. Brendan Rodgers and Erik ten Hag are also on United’s radar.

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