Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has claimed that Ralf Rangnick has had a “huge influence” on himself and other high-profile German coaches, during their coaching careers.

Sky Sports have reported that Manchester United have reached an agreement in principle with Lokomotiv Moscow for Rangnick to become our interim manager.

The 63-year-old, who is head of sports development with the Russian side, is expected to sign the contract this weekend, which will mean he will be in interim charge until the end of the season.

The deal also comes with a further two-year consultancy role that Rangnick will fulfil when his time in interim charge comes to an end.

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Michael Carrick, who is in caretaker charge, takes Manchester United to the Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday, following a 2-0 start at Villarreal, which sealed qualification for the Champions League last-16.

Tuchel, alongside the likes of Jurgen Klopp, who has already commented on Rangnick’s imminent appointment, and Julian Nagelsmann, have credited Rangnick for helping mould them into great coaches.

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Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of facing United, Tuchel said that Rangnick had a “huge influence” on him.

Tuchel said: “He helped me a lot because he was my coach and then one of the main figures to convince me to try coaching.

“He was a huge influence on all of us at this time because he showed us it’s not important to follow people to the toilet in games, people felt defenders followed the strikers in games.

“Before I get carried away and talk too much, he isn’t appointed yet. So let’s respect everybody.”

Rangnick has a phenomenal attention to the tactical aspects of the game and it’s those details which could see United become a formidable outfit under his stewardship.

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