Manchester United are close to appointing Ralf Rangnick as interim manager on a six-month contract.
The 63-year-old German is poised to join United but will not be in charge this weekend against Chelsea while he waits for his work permit.
United have agreed terms with Rangnick, but not with Lokomotiv Moscow, where he is the head of sports and development.
It comes after United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday following a trophyless three-year spell as boss.
Rangnick won the German Cup with Schalke in 2011 and took RB Leipzig to the final in 2019.
During the 2010-11 season he guided Schalke to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they lost 6-1 on aggregate to United, who were then beaten by Barcelona in the final.
United are eighth in the Premier League and Solskjaer, who scored the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final for the club, was dismissed following an embarrassing 4-1 loss at Watford on Saturday.
Since then, caretaker Michael Carrick, Solskjaer’s assistant, took charge of United on Tuesday for the 2-0 win at Villarreal, a consequence that ensured they would finish top of their Champions League group.
Rangnick has built an impressive coaching reputation during his time in Germany, mostly by spells at Stuttgart, Hannover, Hoffenheim, Schalke and RB Leipzig.
He was afterward responsible for the Red Bull group of clubs and his current club Lokomotiv have a Europa League game against Lazio this evening and United are mindful of not disturbing their preparation.
Rangnick impressed during an initial conversation with United officials earlier this week.
However, he has held further discussions about his role beyond the end of the season.
Senior United figures believe Rangnick’s skill will be highly useful from a technical and structural perspective.
The move backs up the Old Trafford outfit’s view that bringing in an interim manager to the end of the season will provide them with space to estimate the managerial situation properly.
Mauricio Pochettino is known to be interested in the United job but the Premier League club are cautious of getting into protracted discussions with PSG that could drag on for longer than they want.
It is understood Michael Carrick will keep in charge for Sunday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
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