Premature Man Utd change on the horizon after Rangnick ‘mistake’ comes to light

Man Utd interim manager Ralf Rangnick

Man Utd could dismiss interim manager Ralf Rangnick before the end of the season after privately admitting they made a mistake, per a report.

The veteran German, 63, was drafted in to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager in November. Solskjaer had overseen three trophy-less years at the Old Trafford helm during a period where bitter rivals Liverpool and Man City grew stronger and stronger.

Humbling defeats to that pair, along with Watford, saw the Norwegian axed early into his fourth campaign. That then led to United taking the surprise step of appointing an interim boss, rather than a permanent one.

Rangnick was the man drafted in to fill the void upon signing a three-year contract.

The common consensus was Rangnick would steer United through the current campaign before moving upstairs into a consultancy role for the final two years of his deal.

However, a report from Spanish publication AS has now cast doubt on that scenario unfolding as planned.

Rangnick position in peril

They state United’s hierarchy have now admitted appointing Rangnick was a ‘mistake’. As such, he could be relived of his duties before the season is out, which would also ensure he is not retained in a consultancy role for the final two years of his contract.

That revelation comes hot on the heels of United bowing out of the Champions League to Atletico Madrid. Furthermore, they face an uphill struggle to qualify for next season’s competition with Arsenal in control of fourth spot.

United took a 1-1 draw back to Old Trafford for their second leg, but were easily blunted by Diego Simeone’s well-drilled side on home turf. That defeat ended United’s last remaining chance of securing silverware this season.

The report does not speculate as to what United would do if they did axe Rangnick early.

Appointing another interim boss or caretaker manager is an option. Alternatively, they could go full bore for one of their permanent targets. Ajax’s Erik Ten Hag and PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino have both drawn persistent links of late.

What’s more, both those managers also exited the Champions League at the Round of 16 stage. That could make a mid-season managerial pursuit slightly easier, with Pochettino in particular expected to leave PSG at the end of the season anyway.

The Spanish article touts Ten Hag for the upcoming managerial post. That was a sentiment also recently echoed by the Manchester Evening News.

Regardless, it now looks possible Rangnick may not be involved in the decision-making process over the next permanent manager.

The gamble to appoint a boss who had not managed since 2019 has clearly backfired. United’s hierarchy have now reportedly admitted just as much.

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