Manchester United have confirmed Ralf Rangnick has been appointed as interim manager.

Rangnick said: “I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club.

“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience.

“All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.

“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”

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Rangnick’s visa is still be finalised, and Michael Carrick will remain caretaker boss until then.

The Athletic first reported last week that Manchester United had struck a deal with Rangnick to become interim manager.

German journalist Christian Falk had reported Rangnick’s interest in the role after United’s defeat to City.

The deal will last until the end of the season, and then crucially, Rangnick will stay on at United in a strategic role.

Rangnick leaves Lokomotiv Moscow, where he had been working as a consultant since the summer.

He previously managed Stuttgart, Schalke, Hoffenheim, and RB Leipzig.

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The revolutionary manager will have a hand in helping United choose the club’s next permanent successor.

Michael Carrick had stepped in as caretaker boss since United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United are in a disappointing eighth position in the Premier League, although have already qualified for the Champions League last 16.

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