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Rangnick would replace the recently sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the team’s coach for the remainder of the season, as they seek a full-time replacement.

The 63-year-old is joining the English Premier League club after stepping down as sports and development manager for Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow.

Athletic announced on Thursday that Rangnick will join the club on a six-month contract with two-year advice to follow, and that his current club Lokomotiv will have to release him from his current contract.

CNN has reached out to Manchester United and Locomotiv Moskow for comment.

A source at United told Reuters that talks between the two sides are continuing but nothing has been finalized.

He will not take charge of Manchester United’s game against Chelsea on Sunday, pending a work permit.

The move follows Solskjaer’s dismissal from the club after a three-year tenure as manager in which the club failed to win a trophy.

He will take over a struggling United club in eighth place in the Premier League, a season after finishing second.
Widely regarded as a pioneer of German football as one of the first to adopt the tactical “gegenpress” approach, Rangnick has been credited as an influence of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann, among others.

Before joining Lokomotiv Moscow, the German coach spent time managing at RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim, Schalke and Hanover.

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