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big move Manchester United identify interim boss they want to lead team for rest of season

Rangnick, 63, is a highly experienced and respected coach and has been hailed as one of the modern day tactical revolutionaries

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Ralf Rangnick. Photo: AFP/Getty

Ralf Rangnick. Photo: AFP/Getty

Ralf Rangnick. Photo: AFP/Getty

Manchester United are edging closer to filling their managerial void, with an interim boss now close to being appointed at Old Trafford.

The Athletic have broken the story that experienced German tactician Ralf Rangnick, who is expected to be in charge of the first team until the end of the season and will then be handed a two-year deal to continue evolution of football strategy at Old Trafford.

Rangnick, 63, is a highly experienced and respected coach and has been hailed as one of the modern day tactical revolutionaries, much the same way as Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.

Rangnick, who most recently oversaw the rise of RB Leipzig in German football, offers immediate stability and also the ability to build for the future if he was to be moved upstairs to the Director of Football role in the long term.

He is currently working as a sporting director at Lokomotiv Moscow and was hugely influential in the career of Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.

Rangnick explains his outlook on football management in simple terms and will bring a vast array of experience with him to Old Trafford.

"What is the job of a head coach? You need to have a clear idea of how my team should play," he said last year.

"This can be more the Pep Guardiola style or the Diego Simeone style or the Jurgen Klopp style. What they all have in common is, they exactly know which kind of football they want to play and what it looks like. They have a video of the perfect game in their minds.

"The job of a football manager is to transform this idea of football into the heads, hearts and veins of your players."

Rangnick also held talks with Chelsea when they sacked Frank Lampard as manager earlier this year, but his former pupil Tuchel beat him to the post and went on to lead the Blues to Champions League glory last May.

Now the former RB Leipzig coach looks set to make a belated move to England, with the United role luring him back into full-time coaching after his spell in Moscow.

Michael Carrick is expected to remain in charge of United for their Premier League game at Chelsea on Sunday, with Rangnick's arrival certain to shake-up the atmosphere at the club following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend.

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