Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has promised to make the season a successful one for the club.
Rangnick officially joined United on Monday and will be in charge of the team until the end of the season and a further two years in a consultancy role.
The club had reached an agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow last week for the release of Rangnick, who was manager of sports and development at the Russian club.
The former RB Leipzig manager who invented the invented the ‘gegenpress’, which translates as ‘counter-press’ which is being notably used by Jurgen Klopp could make his debut on Wednesday if his work permit is settled.
Speaking after completing all necessary paperwork, Rangnick said:
“I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club.
“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience.
“All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.
“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”
Manchester United football director John Murtough while speaking said the 63 years old is one of the most respected coaches in Europe.
“Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football.
“He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.
“Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role.”
Rangnick will be joined at United by a small number of his own staff, while those working under Solskjaer will remain as part of the new regime.
He is understood to have been respected by senior figures at Old Trafford for a number of years and was quickly identified as United’s first choice to replace Solskjaer on an interim basis.