- Manchester United fear Ralph Rangnik won’t take place for Arsenal game
- The Red Devils on Monday announced the German as their new interim boss
- However, visa issues mean the 63-year-old could miss the tie in Manchester
- Acting boss Michael Carrick will remain in charge until the issue is resolved
Manchester United fear new boss Ralph Rangnick will not be in the dugout for Thursday’s home clash with Arsenal, and are scrambling to replace him against Crystal Palace three days later.
Rangnik’s appointment to the end of the season was confirmed on Monday, but immediately there were concerns that work-permit red tape and new COVID restrictions would prevent him from starting work.
Club staff in Carrington on Monday were told Rangnick was unlikely to be in charge until the end of the week, while the 63-year-old German waits for his permit to be approved.
Man United fear Ralph Rangnik will not be in charge for club’s clash with Arsenal
The problem has been compounded by stringent COVID rules for travelers arriving in the UK that came into force early on Tuesday.
United expect Rangnik to take charge in time to visit Palace on Sunday and a club spokesperson said last night: ‘We are working calmly and carefully to secure a visa for Ralph in line with all relevant rules and protocols. are. These are procedures to be followed and we are doing it as expeditiously as possible.
However, the situation is hardly ideal for a coach who has only half a season to make an impact, and raises more questions about United’s decision to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until after a two-week international break.
Caretaker boss Michael Carrick will remain in charge until the arrival of Rangnik after overseeing a Champions League win over Villarreal and a draw at Premier League leaders Chelsea.
United staff have been told the German is unlikely to make an appearance on Thursday due to visa issues
Carrick denied Rangnick had any input on his team’s selection or strategy at Stamford Bridge on Sunday – United’s technical director Darren Fletcher was speaking to video analysts over the phone from the dugout, not the new manager – And it is expected to happen again if Rangnik is unavailable to Arsenal.
United confirmed on Monday that Carrick and the rest of Solskjaer’s backroom team—assistant Mike Phelan, coach Kieran McKenna and goalkeeper coach Richard Hartis—will remain at the club.
Rangnik will be allowed to bring in a small number of coaching staff, with his trusted video analyst Lars Kornetka expected to follow him from Lokomotiv Moscow to Old Trafford.
United expressed their gratitude to the Russian club when it emerged that they did not have to pay compensation for freeing Rangnik from the remaining two-and-a-half years of his contract as director of sport and development.
The former Schalke, Hoffenheim and Leipzig coach has been offered a two-year advisory role at United beyond the end of this season, although it is understood he could take the manager’s job on a permanent basis if results go well.
The club expect Rangnik to be in charge for their game against Crystal Palace
Acting boss Michael Carrick will remain in charge if visa issue is not resolved this week
United insisted that Rangnik was always their No. 1 candidate for the interim role due to his experience in management and coaching over four decades, and that view was outlined during an interview process in which he was selected from a five-man shortlist. had gone.
“I am excited to join Manchester United and am focused on making this a successful season for the club,” Rangnik said.
‘This squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be to help these players fulfill their potential individually and most importantly, as a team. In addition, I look forward to supporting the club’s long-term goals on a consultative basis.
United have won at Villarreal and drawn at Chelsea under caretaker manager
While Rangnik’s participation against Arsenal and Crystal Palace remains in some doubt, United’s next game after that – at home to the Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday – will be moved to a neutral venue abroad due to concerns over the new Omicron COVID version. can be visited.
United are seeking guidance from UEFA to see whether players from the Swiss club will be exempted from quarantine if they travel to the UK.
Meanwhile, fans will pay tribute to Solskjaer at an Arsenal game by displaying an ‘Ole Legend’ banner in tribute to the former United favourite, who was manager for nearly three years until last week.