Ralf Rangnick ‘is GRANTED his Man United work permit’, allowing him to start as interim boss – but Michael Carrick is set to lead team against Arsenal, with new manager in the stands
- Man United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has been granted his work permit
- Rangnick was confirmed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement on Monday
- But he could not begin work straight away because of issues securing a visa
- Michael Carrick will still take charge of Thursday night’s clash against Arsenal
- Rangnick’s first press conference is on Friday ahead of the Crystal Palace game
Ralf Rangnick has been granted his work permit, allowing the German to begin work as Manchester United’s interim boss.
Rangnick was confirmed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement on Monday, signing a temporary deal until the end of the season before then taking on a consultancy role at Old Trafford.
Issues securing a work permit meant he could not take training this week and, although he will be at United’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Thursday night, caretaker boss Michael Carrick will be in the dugout.
Manchester United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick has finally been granted his work permit
Rangnick will hold his first press conference on Friday ahead of Sunday’s home match with Crystal Palace – which will be his first as United manager.
Rangnick had to convince an FA panel of his managerial credentials in order to secure a work permit this week.
The 63-year-old flew into the UK on Monday night, ahead of stricter Covid restrictions coming into place hours later, and is believed to be staying at a Manchester hotel.
It is understood that Rangnick did not meet the FA’s criteria for a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) because he has not managed a top-flight club in Europe for long enough in the last five years — either two years consecutively or three years cumulatively.
Although Rangnick twice took charge of RB Leipzig in the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons while also working as the club’s director of football, that is not enough to qualify automatically for a GBE — as Antonio Conte did when taking over at Tottenham a month ago because of his recent stints at Inter Milan and Chelsea.
United sources argued that Rangnick has held other senior roles at RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow but, technically, he had not worked enough in this period as a manager.
His GBE needed to be approved by a three-man exceptions panel appointed by the FA, and chaired by a legal professional and two other figures with a background in football, before he could be granted a work permit by the Home Office.
More to follow.