Michael Carrick to lead Manchester United against Arsenal as Ralf Rangnick waits on visa

Rangnick was announced as interim manager on Monday, but his work visa is yet to be finalised

Pa Sport Staff
Tuesday 30 November 2021 12:29
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Man United appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

Ralf Rangnick’s debut in the Manchester United dugout will have to wait as he continues to wait for his work visa to be finalised.

Caretaker boss Michael Carrick will instead remain in charge for Thursday’s Premier League against Arsenal, the club have confirmed.

Following the departure of former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Carrick took charge of the Champions League win away to Villarreal as well as Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

Rangnick, 63, is joining United from Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was manager of sports and development.

The German is set to take over from Carrick until the end of the season, when he will then move into a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford.

A Manchester United statement on Tuesday read: “Ralf Rangnick was announced as interim manager on Monday but, while the club follows the regulatory process around a work visa, Carrick will continue at the helm.

“Michael has communicated this to players and staff at Carrington in a busy week for the club.”

Following the match with Arsenal, United host Crystal Palace on Sunday, by which time Rangnick could be in the dugout.

United are then scheduled to play their final Champions League group fixture against Swiss club Young Boys on 8 December, but that game could be switched to a neutral venue given the new travel restrictions in response to the emergence of the omicron variant of Covid-19.

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