Manchester United put search for new manager ‘on hold’ - with club ‘impressed’ by Ralf Rangnick so far

The German was appointed as interim manager until the end of the season in November - but he remains one of the favourites to take on the role on a more permanent basis.

Manchester United have put their search for a new permanent manager ‘on hold’ according to new reports.

United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November after mixed results and installed Ralf Rangnick in an interim capacity until the end of the season.

The latter is expected to hand over the reins to a new boss in the summer, taking up a consultancy role afterwards.

However, there could be a change of plan for the Red Devils, with the board apparently impressed by Rangnick since his arrival.

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick. Credit: Getty.

What has been reported?

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A report in The Sun claims United will put a halt on their search for a new manager due to the German’s impact since being hired.

Rangnick has guided the Red Devils to six wins in 10 games, losing just once, and helped them reach the last 16 of the Champions League as well the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The newspaper reports that if the 63-year-old secures a top four finish with United, it will put him in good stead to secure the role on a permanent basis.

Who else is in the mix for United manager?

Reports suggest that the Red Devils’ board have a four-man shortlist of Mauricio Pochettino, Erik Ten Hag, Julen Lopetegui and Luis Enrique; however, if results and performances improve under Rangnick, his name won’t be ruled out as their next manager.

The latter even suggested that if things go well under his interim leadership, he would put forward his name as the next full-time boss.

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Rangnick said: “Maybe if they ask my opinion and everything goes well and we develop the team I might even make the same recommendation to the board that I did at Leipzig twice when I recommended it might be a good idea to keep working with me for one year.”

The German is currently third favourite (7/1) to take the helm at Old Trafford come the summer, with ten Hag (3/1) and Pochettino (11/8) ahead of him in the race, according to SkyBet as of writing.

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