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Manchester United players kept in the dark over Ralf Rangnick’s appointment


Manchester United’s players had not been told about Ralf Rangnick’s imminent appointment (Getty)

Some members of Manchester United’s squad are ‘annoyed’ by the club’s handling of Ralf Rangnick’s appointment, according to reports.

Following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last Sunday, United have held talks with several candidates over an interim position for the remainder of the season.

United had also spoken to former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde and ex-Lyon manager Rudi Garcia, but it was Rangnick who impressed Old Trafford’s hierarchy the most during his talks at the start of this week.

Rangnick is now on the verge of being officially announced as United’s interim manager, while the deal will also involve the 63-year-old moving to a two-year consultancy role next summer.

But according to The Times, some United players have been ‘annoyed’ at the way they have been kept in the dark over Rangnick’s appointment as the move was not communicated in person or via the players’ WhatsApp group.

The report also claims that United’s squad are ‘intrigued’ by Rangnick’s arrival and the style of football he plans to implement at Old Trafford.

Ralf Rangnick has agreed to become Manchester United’s interim manager for the rest of the season (Getty)

Meanwhile, The Times reports that United will not be paying Lokomotiv Moscow a compensation fee for Rangnick, while the German will be in line to receive a bonus if he wins a trophy or secures a place in next season’s Champions League.

United are currently six point behind fourth-placed West Ham in the Premier League and have lost five out of their last seven league matches.

Michael Carrick took temporary charge for United’s 2-0 win over Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday evening and is also due to remain in place for the team’s next two Premier League fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal.

Carrick offered little when asked directly about Rangnick’s imminent arrival but believes the German will be able to make a quick impact.

‘I think [the new manager] can get ideas across quickly, history shows that,’ said Carrick.

‘Sometimes it’s not just about ideas, it’s just a different voice, a freshness. There’s a lot of different styles and there’s a good group of players here.

‘Whoever comes in and whatever is implemented, I’m sure they can adapt. There’s some real good talent within the squad, I’m sure they’ll look forward to what’s ahead.’

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