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Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Ralf Rangnick CONFIRMED as interim manager, Haaland EXCLUSIVE, Chelsea DRAW reaction

RALF RANGNICK has been confirmed as the new Manchester United manager until the end of the season.

The former Lokomotiv Moscow sporting director worked as director of football at Salzburg when the Austrian side attracted the Norwegian star.

Rangnick could yet earn the permanent role with the Red Devils reportedly considering adding an optional extension clause in his contract.

And there are concerns over what that could mean for Cristiano Ronaldo, with Michael Carrick benching the five-time Ballon d'Or winner in today's 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

In a tweet, Gary Neville suggested Rangnick's input would have convinced Carrick to make the decision.

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  • BREAKING: RANGNICK ANNOUNCED

    Man Utd have announced Ralf Rangnick as interim manager.

    The club have also announced Rangnick will take up an advisory role at the end of the season, all but confirming another managerial appointment will take place in the next year.

    John Murtough, United football director, said: “Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football. He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.

    “Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role.”

  • ERLING HAALAND

    Half of Europe seems to be linked with the Norwegian star, but Rangnick's appointment could give Man United the edge.

    The German has a prior relationship with Erling Haaland, having recruited him from Molde for RB Salzburg in 2019.

    SunSport revealed over the weekend that the Red Devils are hoping Rangnick can tip things in their favour when it comes to signing Borussia Dortmund's No9.

  • RANG THEM UP

    Things are about to change at Manchester United, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.

    Pressing guru Ralf Rangnick is set to be appointed interim manager by the Red Devils this week, signalling a sharp change in direction by club chiefs.

    United's squad is already brimming with quality, and a number of players who could revitalise their careers under a new voice.

    But in order to implement a new style of play, while climbing the table, Rangnick may need to recruit some new stars.

    SunSport takes a look at five players the 63-year-old could try and sign in January.

  • CARRA BLIMEY

    Jamie Carragher has posted a snap of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink laughing in between Roy Keane and himself rowing on Sky Sports, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    The Liverpool legend and ex-Manchester United captain had viewers in hysterics yesterday as they got into a heated debate regarding Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Portuguese forward, 36, was left on the bench by interim boss Michael Carrick for the 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

    Keane and Carragher were debating the importance of winning trophies and whether second place is good enough for a club the size of United.

    Keane asked Carragher: “Did you win the FA Cup?”

    To which Carragher responded with: “Yeah I did.”

    The Irishman then said: “Yeah so go back to winning the FA Cup. They got through to the next round of the Champions League, how much you think that’s worth to the club.

    “The Glazers and share prices- that’s what he’s come back for!”

    Carragher thit back with: “You finish 2nd and sign Ronaldo at 36 you’re not going to win the League in four years.

    “If you sign someone at 36 it’s to win right now. If you sign Varane a four-time Champions League winner, it’s to win right now. Are they any closer to winning the league?”

  • POG ON RANGNICK

    According to The Athletic, Paul Pogba is enthusiastic about the imminent appointment of Ralf Rangnick as Man Utd's interim manager.

    Pogba has received positive feedback from contacts about the German.

    It could be Pogba's last season at Man Utd though, with his contract set to expire next June.

  • FT STATS: CHELSEA 1-1 MAN UTD

    Chelsea registered 24 shots to Man Utd's three.

    The table-toppers also dominated 66 per cent of the ball and made 586 passes.

  • ‘LESS RISKY’

    Former Premier League defender Glen Johnson says a move to West Ham in January is ‘less risky’ than a transfer to Newcastle.

    Exclusively speaking about the wantaway Manchester United to Bettingodds.com, Johnson said: “At West Ham we saw how much Jesse enjoyed his football and the performances he got back to. 

    “For £10million, I’m not being funny, who can you usually get for that price? You can’t get much of a player nowadays. 

    “So if they can take him, he knows what he’s walking into, the club are doing great at the moment, he knows the team, and it’s a lot less risky a move than it is to sign for Newcastle right now. 

    “I think he should go to West Ham, he clearly enjoyed it there and he knows what the club thought of him. Surely he’d want it all back. 

    “West Ham and Newcastle are in totally different positions at the moment but that could all quickly change with the plans Newcastle have got. 

    “But right now, with Newcastle, he doesn’t know what he’s walking into. Sometimes the grass ain’t greener.”

  • JANUARY SPEND?

    Will Ralf Rangnick be given some funds to strengthen in January?

  • GETTING SHIRTY

    Cristiano Ronaldo will make two young fans' dreams come true this Christmas... by sending them his shirts, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.

    The Manchester United forward, 36, is idolised by kids all around the world.

    And when contacted by singer Pink, the Portuguese agreed to lend a helping hand this holiday season.

    The American, 42, took to Twitter to try and make two children's wish come true.

    She wrote: "Hey @Cristiano I'm sponsoring a couple kids this year for xmas that want nothing else besides your jerseys.

    "They don't have much - but I'm determined to make this happen.

    "Fancy sending me a couple and changing their lives?

    "I know you do wonderful things all the time, but..."

    The striker replied later that day: "Hi @Pink I am happy to help - I will organise some signed shirts for these kids no problem.

    "Congratulations on making this happen!"

  • BREAKING: RANGNICK UPDATE

    Ralf Rangnick is due to be confirmed as interim Man Utd manager in the NEXT 24 hours, according to The Athletic.

    The German is set to take charge of the team for the rest of the season and then be promoted into an 'advisory' role to allow a long-term manager to take over.

    Rangnick's first game in charge could be against league high flyers Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 2.

  • ANT & CHEQUE

    Anthony Martial might reportedly secure a January transfer exit from Manchester United, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    The 25-year-old has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford over the past year and has scored just eight times since the beginning of last season.

    Despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exit, new boss Ralf Rangnick is not expected to feature Martial heavily in his plans.

    Now the French star could be about to quit Old Trafford and head to Spain.

    That’s according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, who state Barcelona are interested in signing Martial.

    The Catalans are desperate to add to their attacking ranks and have identified the ex-Monaco man as their ideal target.

    And this latest report claims Barca have already ‘contacted’ United about his availability.

  • ALL GOING RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo got a shock view of the future after the Manchester United superstar was axed for the draw at Chelsea, writes TRISTAN BARCLAY.

    Furious Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel at full-time after being benched by caretaker Michael Carrick.

    The Portuguese superstar struggled as a second-half sub, and incoming Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick claimed he was ‘too old’ FIVE YEARS AGO.

    Rangnick, poised to sign an initial six-month deal as interim chief, demands intense pressing from his teams.

    United legend Gary Neville claimed the German influenced the line-up for the draw at Stamford Bridge.

    Carrick opted for three defensive midfielders — Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.

    Neville tweeted: “A lot of people having a go at Carrick for dropping Ronaldo and picking that MDF.

    “I’ve a feeling the incoming boss picked that team as it’s a huge departure from midweek.”

  • MORNING, UNITED FANS

    United's players have been told the worst kept secret in football.

    Centre-back Eric Bailly revealed after yesterday's hard-grafting 1-1 draw at Prem leaders Chelsea that Ralf Rangnick IS arriving as interim boss.

    Coach Michael Carrick stunned Old Trafford legend Roy Keane and many others for his final game in charge by dropping top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo at Stamford Bridge.

    And Bailly then confirmed ex-RB Leipzig chief Ragnick will take over this week.

    He told RMC Sport: “Yes, we’ve been told in the dressing room about the arrival of the new manager.”

    Jadon Sancho bagged United's fine breakaway opener against dominant Chelsea.

    But Jorginho hit a penalty leveller given by VAR for Aaron Wan-Bissaka's foul on Thiago Silva.

    Carrick told Sky Sports: "I'm disappointed actually. When you are in front in a game like this to have it taken away is disappointing. 

    I'm proud of the players and the group all week. In a difficult situation we tried to make the best of it.  

    "They have had a lot of shots, David (De Gea) had two saves... Other than that I have felt quite comfortable. Of course we want to be better.

    But Keane responded: "I disagree with everything he said.

    "He talked about the players' efforts, that he was proud of them. He's been working with them for the last few months, he was alongside Ole in the dugout, now all of a sudden, he's proud of them this week and they have a plan… 

    "What about the other games they had? Why aren't they making an effort or closing players down in the other games?"

  • UTD TIPPED FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Jamie Carragher says Ralf Rangnick can propel Manchester United to a top-four finish.

    But Liverpool legend Carra warned the German coach, 63, that his biggest job will be to 'identify' the next manager to take over from him at the club.

    United agreed a deal with Rangnick to become interim manager and are awaiting permission from his current club Lokomotiv Moscow - his current club.

    Carragher told Sky Sports: "I think this guy is coming in, Ralf Rangnick, will make sure United get in the Champions League next season.

    "But the biggest job he has it to identify the next coach his role will be taking away from the people at the top and they will take advice from him.

    "He will want the next coach to be in his mould."

  • BAILLY CONFIRMS RANGNICK COMING IN

    Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has revealed Ralf Rangnick is arriving as interim boss.

    Bailly told RMC Sport: “Yes, we’ve been told in the dressing room about the arrival of the new manager."

  • FRED'S A READ DEVIL

    Manchester United midfielder Fred received a note from the touchline - and immediately became the butt of the joke online.

    The Brazilian was handed written instructions by sub Donny van de Beek late in United’s 1-1 draw with Premier League leaders Chelsea.

    Moments earlier the 28-year-old had missed a golden opportunity to give his side the lead when he chipped lamely straight into keeper Edouard Mendy’s gloves.

    And pranksters online had a laugh imagining what was on the note sent to him by caretaker boss Michael Carrick.

    User ‘RoyHBT’ wrote on Twitter: “Fred… FRED just tried to chip Mendy and then got a note from Carrick saying ‘Don’t ever f do that again!’”

    ‘Konate_FPL’ wrote simply: “The note Fred received from Carrick: ‘You’re s***’.”

    ‘UTDFan’ wrote: “Van de beek with the note to Fred saying if you ever do that again, you'll be on the bench as long as me.”

  • KEANE VS CARRA ON RONALDO AXE

    Sky Sports pundits Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher have locked horns over Manchester United’s decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The United talisman was left out of the starting XI by caretaker boss Michael Carrick for the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

    The game was Carrick’s first - and potentially only - Premier League game in charge and he made his mark by naming the superstar among the subs.

    United legend Keane was left open-mouthed by the decision and raged at Carragher after he suggested the Portuguese was best left out due to his lack of effort in defence.

    Keane said on Sky Sports: “(Ronaldo’s) not pressed for about four, five, six years.

    "Ronaldo’s not going to fix Man United’s problems, but you don’t bring Ronaldo back to Man United to sit on the bench."

    Carragher responded: “Manchester United signed him because they were terrified he would go to Man City. There was no plan to sign Ronaldo. They signed him at the last minute.”

    Keane shot back: “He was always going to play Jamie. They’re going to sign him so as not to go to City, but to come and sit with us on the bench?

    “His stats since he’s come back to Man United are good!”

    Carragher then responded with a comment that really riled Keane. He said of Ronaldo’s record: “Goalscoring wise, yeah!”

    That was the moment Keane decided he’d had enough as he exploded at his fellow pundit.

    He raged: “What’s the game about?! You’re talking about (Mo) Salah… the game’s about goals Jamie!”

  • KEANE DISAGREES WITH ALL OF CARRICK'S INTERVIEW

    Roy Keane disagreed 'with everything' Michael Carrick said in his post-match interview and claimed Manchester United are giving a 'job for the boys'.

    Carrick is currently filling in as temporary United boss following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    And he saw his side leave Stamford Bridge with a point after holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw.

    Afterwards, Carrick told Sky Sports: "I’m disappointed actually when you're in front in a game like this to have it taken away form you like it was is disappointing.

    "I’m immensely proud of the players, the whole group, the staff all week in difficult situations trying to make the best of it.

    "We can't hide from the fact that it has been tough at times but we made the best of it and I'm immensely proud of how we have gone about it this week but it's a little bit of a disappointing feeling.

    "We came here to win a game. We were positive in our mindset and attitude so we are a bit disappointed I can't lie."

  • FRUSTRATED RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel after Manchester United's 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

    Ronaldo was named on United's bench by caretaker boss Michael Carrick for the second time this season after October's match with Everton, which also ended 1-1.

    Just like at Old Trafford last month, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was in no mood for handshakes or applause to the fans as he immediately walked away from the pitch.

    That is according to ESPN's Mark Ogden, who claims the star forward went straight down the tunnel after the final whistle, which saw the Red Devils picking up a point against Chelsea.

    Ogden tweeted: "Ronaldo straight down the tunnel at FT. No handshakes or waves to the fans, just straight off the pitch."

    Carrick, who is temporarily stepping in for former United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claimed he decided to drop Ronaldo in order to "change things up a bit".

    He added that he had a discussion with his former team-mate before the match and he was "great" about it.

    Carrick told Sky Sports before the match: "A few tweaks and changes from the other night, to change things up a bit.

    "Cristiano is probably our standout name, but it's just game plan, ideas. I had a good chat with Cristiano actually, he was great, and we've decided to go like that today. Really looking forward to the game.

    "It's a decision just to pick a team, to be honest. I don't think it needs more drama than that.

    "Everyone is fine, all the boys who have come out of the team have been terrific around the place, Cristiano included, fantastic with the boys, supporting them 100 per cent and ready to come on if and when needed.

    "We’re happy with the team we’ve picked, for sure. We’ve come here to try and win the game, like we do every single game."

  • 'UTD ACES CAN'T PICK AND CHOOSE WHEN TO FIGHT'

    Roy Keane has slammed the Manchester United squad for picking and choosing when they want to fight for points on the pitch.

    United played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Chelsea and had to defend for long periods.

    But while Keane was impressed with the spirit shown, he questioned why United's players do not consistently show such effort.

    Keane said on Sky Sports: "If United were to get anything it might be from a bit of arrogance from Chelsea at the back and that proved to be the case for the goal.

    "They gave up plenty of chances but to say they played well today - I don't think they played well mid-week - so it's no surprise the way the game panned out today.

    "They're lacking confidence particularly in the bigger games so you sit in, get bodies behind the ball and you've enough bit of quality and pace going forward that United would always cause problems.

    "(David) De Gea spoke there about fighting for everything today but you're supposed to do that every week.

    "This is the big criticism of this football team going back to the Watford game, Liverpool - going back most of the season - it's as if they pick and choose their moments when they're up for it and when they're going to work as a team.

    "The key is if you want to play for Manchester United and you want to be consistent or compete for titles is you do that week in week out.

    "You can have an off day - even today they weren't great - but there was a spirit amongst the team, you saw that and you give them credit.

    "But ultimately you want more and that's where we'll see over the next few months."