Ralf Rangnick is named Manchester United manager

Ralf Rangnick is named Manchester United manager

Manchester United have appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim coach until the end of the season.

The 63-year-old replaces Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked on November 21 after a defeat by Watford.

Rangnick has left his role as sporting director at Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow to take up the post.

"I am excited to join Manchester United and I am focused on making this a successful season," said Rangnick.

After the end of this season, Rangnick will stay at Old Trafford for another two years in the role of consultant.

Rangnick has built an impressive reputation as a coach in Germany.

He put Ulm on the climb to the Bundesliga for the first time before being in charge of Stuttgart, Hannover, Hoffenheim, Schalke and RB Leipzig.

He won the German Cup with Schalke in 2011 and took RB Leipzig to the final in 2019.

During the 2010-2011 season, he led Schalke to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they lost 6-1 overall to United, who were then defeated by Barcelona in the final.

"Ralph is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football," said United football director John Murtough.