Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager till the end of the season.
Rangnick will be in charge of the first team after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was dismissed by the Red Devils last week.
Michael Carrick oversaw Man Utd’s Europa League game against Villarreal and Premier League clash with Chelsea while a new manager was being hunted.
While announcing the appointment of the former RB Leipzig coach in a statement on Monday, the Premier League club added that he will continue in a consultancy role for a further two years after the expiration of his six-month contract.
“Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football. He was our number one candidate for an 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,” Man Utd’s football director, John Murtough, said.
Reacting to his appointment, Rangnick, 63, said, “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.”
The club added that Carrick will remain in charge of the first team until Rangnick’s work visa is finalised.
Until his appointment, Rangnick was the manager of sports and development at the Russian side, Lokomotiv Moscow.
“The club wishes to place on record its thanks to Lokomotiv Moscow for their co-operation in the process of bringing Ralf to Manchester United,” it said.
The veteran coach is renowned as the coach who inspired Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Julian Nagelsmann and many others for their coaching style.