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Man Utd chief Ed Woodward ‘impressed’ by candidate interested on taking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer job

Man Utd chief Ed Woodward ‘impressed’ by candidate interested on taking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer job

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fired in the coming weeks, Manchester United will be looking for a new manager. Solskjaer has presided over a dismal run of form for United, with the club winning just one of their last six Premier League games.

On Saturday, the Red Devils suffered yet another home defeat, this time to Manchester City.

After seven minutes, Eric Bailly diverted Joao Cancelo’s cross past David de Gea, and Bernardo Silva added a second in the closing stages of the first half.

Man United had no answers in the second half, falling nine points behind league leaders Chelsea.

United haven’t won at home in the Premier League since a 4-1 victory over Newcastle in mid-September.

And the pressure is mounting on Solskjaer, with reports suggesting he could be fired soon, despite having enough support from his superiors for the time being.

A slew of managers have been tipped to succeed the Norwegian, with former RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick reportedly interested in the job.

And, according to  ESPN, the 63-year-old has previously impressed Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward during informal meetings.

Rangnick is viewed as a viable short-term option by United, but he is currently the head of sports and development at Russian giants Lokomotiv Moscow.

Rangnick has previously worked for Stuttgart, Schalke, and Hoffenheim, and has a wealth of experience.

He was the driving force behind RB Leipzig’s success, almost single-handedly guiding the club from tier five of German football to the Champions League.

In 2012, he was hired as the club’s sporting director before being promoted to manager.

With his work on and off the field, he laid the groundwork for success, and he signed star players Sadio Mane and Timo Werner.

Rangnick is a tactical genius who pioneered the pressing style of football that is now used by Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

Rangnick is rumored to be joining Manchester United on an interim basis, but the German is said to want an off-the-field role at Old Trafford if he does not continue as manager, which could be a sticking point for club executives.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer insists he does not believe he is about to be fired.

“No, I don’t start to feel like that,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports on Saturday after being asked if he’s on borrowed time.

“I have good communication all the time with the club that’s very up-front and honest about the situation.

“We’ve just got to get back to what we started to look like and what we were for a while. We’ve got the players to do that.

“We need to be on the front foot more. I can’t look at myself and say this is the way I want Manchester United to play.”


Man Utd chief Ed Woodward ‘impressed’ by candidate interested on taking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer job

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