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Ralf Rangnick will not take charge of Manchester United in Thursday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal, with a delay in his visa application, leaving Michael Carrick in charge of a third game in a row.
The wise old German sage has been chosen as the man to take charge of United until the end of the season. He inherits an enormously talented team, but one that largely underperformed under Ole Gunnar Solskjær. His first interview with United emphasized his goals for the season.
It had been hoped that Rangnick would get the necessary documents through in time to take charge of Arsenal. However, United reported on Tuesday that a delay in his visa application means Carrick will continue to rule.
In a brief statement on their official website, United said: “Michael has communicated this to players and staff at Carrington during a busy week for the club. “
Carrick is now preparing the players for the match against Mikel Arteta’s team at Old Trafford. He will hope to maintain his decent record as United’s ‘temporary, temporary’ boss. He was at the wheel when United secured their Champions League progress with a win at Villarreal.
Carrick also guided the club to a huge 1-1 draw against Chelsea; both results have markedly raised the morale of Carrington.
And while being compared to a farm animal, an expert believes they can still claim a top-4 ranking.
All in all, Rangnick’s first match in charge is likely to be Sunday’s Old Trafford meeting with Crystal Palace.
Lars Kornetka does not join Rangnick at Man Utd
Rangnick, meanwhile, has reportedly seen efforts to install Lars Kornetka as his No. 2 failure.
Kornetka has worked with Rangnick in previous jobs at Hoffenheim, Schalke and RB Leipzig. He also joined Rangnick in Russia when the couple accepted roles at Lokomotiv Moscow.
Rangnick has previously described Kornetka as ‘the best video analyst we have in Germany and my friend and colleague’. As such, he was the 63-year-old’s first choice to help him in his new role at Old Trafford.
However, Lokomotiv has announced that Kornetka will remain in the Russian capital. In fact, he now fills Rangnick’s previous position as their leader in sports and development.
Rangnick will instead look elsewhere in an attempt to find a No. 2 at United. The German is likely to complete his backroom team in the coming days.
In fact, reports say that Carrick, Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna – who all worked under Solskjær – are likely to keep their positions.
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