Lokomotiv Moscow respond to Man Utd’s push to appoint Ralf Rangnick


Manchester United are set to appoint Ralf Rangnick as their new interim manager (Getty)

Lokomotiv Moscow chairman Alexander Plutnik has opened the door for Ralf Rangnick’s move to Manchester United.

The German has held extensive talks with United about becoming their interim manager until the end of the season following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking on Sunday.

Ragnick, who has vast experience of coaching in the Bundesliga with Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, has also been offered a two-year consultancy role by United when his time as interim manager is over at the end of the season.

United have yet to reach an agreement with Lokomotiv over a deal for Ragnick, but the chairman of the Russian club insists they will be ‘fine’ if the 63-year-old departs.

‘Things are good,’ said Plutnik.

‘We are now focused on the game [against Lazio]. We will think after the match. Everything will be fine.’

Ralf Rangnick has also been offered a consultancy role by Manchester United (TF-Images via Getty)

Speaking in an interview with ESPN last year, Rangnick described his style of football as ‘proactive’ and ‘entertaining’.

‘[Gegenpressing is] a very proactive style of football, similar to the way in which Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have been playing under Klopp,’ said the German.

‘We like to press high, with a very intense counter-pressure. When we have the ball, we do not like any square or back passes.

‘The goalkeeper also should not be the one with the most contact on the ball. In almost every league and every country, the goalkeeper is technically the most limited football player on the pitch and therefore we have to make sure that he has the lowest contact with the feet.

‘It is a fast, proactive, attacking, counter-attacking, counter-pressing, exciting and entertaining [style of] football.’

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