Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat
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Manchester United could hire Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager with John Murtough having ‘huge admiration’ for the 63-year-old, reports say. The Red Devils chose to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, just hours after a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Watford. And the Glazers and Ed Woodward are now looking for somebody to steady the ship at Old Trafford.
Manchester United released a statement confirming the sacking of Solskjaer on Sunday after nearly three years in charge.
And, now, the Red Devils are on the hunt for somebody to lead the team until the end of the campaign.
Michael Carrick will be in charge temporarily, with the retired midfielder poised to oversee upcoming matches against Villarreal and Chelsea.
But United want an experienced head to help them out, especially with so many players toiling.
And The Athletic say Rangnick is very much an option for United at the current moment in time.
The 63-year-old is currently working as a sporting director at Lokomotiv Moscow but, previously, he’s done well at RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim as manager.
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United chief Murtough is said to have ‘huge admiration’ for the veteran, despite the club turning him down in the past.
But Rangnick isn’t the only person in the frame to take charge, with several others being linked.
Laurent Blanc is one possible option, despite the Frenchman currently working in the Middle East with Al-Rayyan.
Blanc previously spent two years as a player at Old Trafford and, speaking earlier this year, admitted he was regretful about not joining the club sooner.
“I was 36 years old when I arrived in Manchester,” he said.
“And I had a more than done career, but the funny thing is that when I arrived in Barcelona [in 1996], Sir Alex Ferguson called me.
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“He asked me to sign for United, but I couldn’t go, I had already signed with Barca.
“Five years later, he came back for me and convinced me.
“He told me: ‘I want you to work with more for at least one year. I have very young defenders, like the Neville brothers, Rio Ferdinand, West Brown… and you have a lot of experience’.
“It was incredible, and now I regret not having gone to England earlier.”
Another option for United as interim boss is Steve Bruce.
Recently sacked by Newcastle, reports have claimed he’s keen on the idea of taking over at Old Trafford.
And, what’s more, Bruce believes he can breathe new life into the club’s dressing room.
Who United go for remains to be seen.
But Solskjaer has vowed to keep on supporting the team from afar, saying: “I am a fan and I wish the players all the best.
“There are some very, very good players there, some good people.
“I’m sure we’ll see them puff their chest out and they’ll go on a run.”
He added: “As I’ve said to them this morning as well, trust yourselves, you know we’re better than this.
“We’ve not been able to show it but go out, chest out, enjoy being a Man United player, in the Champions League, on the biggest stage.
“If and when you win the game, you’re through to the next round, Michael [Carrick] is going to be in charge.
“Michael, I have the utmost respect [for], I love Michael to bits.
“I’m becoming emotional now because he’s top. They’ll be fine. I’ll watch them and support them.”
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