Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

Ralf Rangnick has been at Old Trafford for the first time on Wednesday as he prepares to begin work as Manchester United manager.

The 63-year-old was shown around the ground by United’s football director John Murtough, who already knew Rangnick before his appointment and played a key role in the decision to appoint him as interim manager.

Rangnick had a look around the facilities at Old Trafford before making his way from the tunnel in the corner near the Stretford End and walking to the dugouts.

He spent several minutes stood pitchside with Murtough before stopping for a chat with former United defender Wes Brown, who was also inside Old Trafford.

United confirmed the appointment of Rangnick on Monday and the former Schalke and RB Leipzig boss will be in charge until the end of the season, before beginning a two-year consultancy role.

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Although he is already in Manchester, Rangnick won’t be able to take charge of his first game on Thursday night when United face Arsenal at Old Trafford as he is still waiting for his visa to be approved.

That is expected to be a formality but the work permit has been delayed as he doesn’t meet the Football Association’s automatic criteria, so the process must be approved by the Home Office. Rangnick has only had two coaching jobs in the last decade and taken charge of just over 80 games in that period, which is why he falls short of the FA’s rules.

United are hopeful that the visa will be granted to allow Rangnick to be in charge when United face Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The delay means Michael Carrick remains in charge for the Arsenal game and United moved quickly to confirm that would be the case, allowing the caretaker manager and his squad clarity ahead of what is a crucial fixture.

Carrick took training on Wednesday and then spoke to the media at Carrington, where he revealed he is yet to meet Rangnick.

“Literally, I haven’t really got anything to update you on,” Carrick said. “Apart from the work permit process is ongoing now as we speak and I’m in this position as I was for Villarreal and Chelsea, getting the boys ready for the game tomorrow night.

“Have I spoken to him? No. It’s pretty much as it was when I said there, about both games we’ve already been to, because of the process and the work permit we haven’t been able to. So we’ve carried on as we have done, it’s worked well for the last two games and, hopefully, it works well tomorrow.”

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