Ralf Rangnick, the architect of RB Leipzig’s rise and widely regarded as the progenitor of modern German football, has found the most important place in his career. Ralf Rangnick is expected to be appointed as a manager of Manchester United. After three tumultuous and emotional years, United finally broke up with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday (football news), less than 24 hours after his team suffered a 4-1 loss at Watford.
The loss came just weeks after Solskjaer’s team was strengthened over the summer by men such as Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, humiliated in quick succession at home by both Liverpool and Manchester City. Michael Carrick, a member of Solskjaer’s coaching staff and, like him, a decorated player during a 10-year career at the football club, led United to victory in the Champions League at Villarreal on Tuesday, but team directors made it clear given that the appointment would be small.
Following Solskjaer’s sacking, United decided the best course of action was to hire an experienced interim manager – to lead the club until the end of the season – while considering a long-term replacement for Solskjaer. The club seemed to be working on an argument that there would be a more complete field of candidates for the permanent position available in the summer.
While people such as Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino of PSG are the most reliable contenders for the full-time role, United has considered the various coaches immediately available for the negotiator position that went to Rangnick. Lucien Favre, former Borussia Dortmund, and Rudi Garcia, French champion with Lille, were both considered.
However, it was Rangnick who quickly emerged as the favorite. He has spent much of the past decade establishing and refining the Red Bull club network, holding positions at both Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig. He helped convert the former into a regular in the Champions League, and the latter into one of the most consistent clubs in Germany.