Manchester United are interested in Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

Manchester United have selected Ralf Rangnick to take over as interim manager.

United have had their initial approach to Mauricio Pochettino rejected by Paris Saint-Germain, but remain confident of appointing the Argentine as their next permanent manager.

Amid the possibility of PSG retaining Pochettino, United have begun conducting interviews for a temporary managerial role and have already had discussions with former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde and former Roma coach Rudi Garcia.

United vice-president Ed Woodward and chief executive Richard Arnold did not travel to Spain for the club’s 2-0 Champions League win over Villarreal to interview candidates.

Rangnick, currently head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow, is believed to be United’s favorite option to manage the club for the rest of the season if they can not award Pochettino from PSG.

Rangnick, 63, has primarily coached in Germany and was in charge of Schalke when they were torn down 6-1 overall by United in the Champions League semi-finals in 2011.

The German transferred to a leadership role in 2012 and became Red Bull Salzburg’s sports director, but returned to train with RB Leipzig in 2015-16 and 2018-19. Rangnick was responsible for Salzburg buying Sadio Mane and bringing Joshua Kimmich, Naby Keita, Dayot Upamecano and Timo Werner to Leipzig.

Rangnick left Leipzig last year after a lengthy switch to AC Milan collapsed and joined Lokomotiv this summer.

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