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Man Utd given rogue option to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Ralf Rangnick ‘interested’ | Football | Sport

Former RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick would be interested in replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United if the latter is sacked over the upcoming international break, according to reports. The current Red Devils boss is facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford after Saturday’s one-sided defeat at the hands of Manchester City on their own patch.

Solskjaer has been on thin ice since United were thrashed by Liverpool in last month’s encounter but looked to be in the process of redeeming himself after mounting a solid response.

United went on to register a convincing win over Tottenham before claiming a welcome point in the Champions League against Atalanta away from home.

However, the performance in Saturday’s meeting with their cross-city rivals will have done little to convince the club’s hierarchy that Solskjaer is the right man to turn their fortunes around.

The hosts were firmly second-best throughout the encounter, with an own goal from Eric Bailly handing City the perfect start before Bernardo Silva doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time.

It remains to be seen whether Solskjaer will be relieved of his duties over the coming weeks, but it seems as though there will be no shortage of potential candidates with a desire to take over at Old Trafford.

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Rangnick was originally linked with the United job back in 2019 but has since rekindled his interest in the role amid the ongoing speculation over Solskjaer’s future, according to Bild.

The 63-year-old has been out of a job in management since calling time on his spell in charge of Leipzig two years ago to become Red Bull’s global sporting director.

He went on to leave the Red Bull group earlier this year to join Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow as the club’s managing director.

It is claimed that he was previously keen on taking charge of United and would again consider the possibility of swapping his current role for the opportunity to manage the Red Devils in the near future.

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Rangnick was quizzed on United’s struggles when he was initially being mentioned in connection with the club in 2019, with the German suggesting that the Red Devils had been making the wrong moves in the transfer market for some time.

“Since Sir Alex [Ferguson] left they were underperforming, they haven’t won the title since he left,” he told The Times.

“At any club, if you cannot get the right players, then you should at least not sign the wrong ones. You are in trouble if you do that in one or two or three consecutive transfer windows.

“Club building is about building the right squad by transferring the right players away and having more than 50 per cent success rate of bringing in the right players.

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“Then you must have the best possible coaches to develop these players.”

Meanwhile, former United defender Gary Neville suggested after Saturday’s defeat to City that Solskjaer could well remain in charge until the end of the season, with the club’s board yet to prepare for a change in management.

“Ole is under massive pressure and they have no courage,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Without [Edinson] Cavani they look less of a team he seems to have that fight to play for the club and when he doesn’t play they seem nice, and nice isn’t good enough.

“Up until the end of last season there was progression and finishing above Liverpool last season they’d snatch your hand off. The club has not planned for this.

“Some fans think that the club should’ve acted two weeks ago because [Antonio] Conte was available. They were never going to appoint Conte, it was never going to happen, they were never going to consider it.”

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