Micah Richards has called the reaction to Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United interim manager appointment as an overreaction and has questioned the motivation surrounding the decision.

The German has left his role as head of sports development at Lokomotiv Moscow in order to take up the position at Old Trafford on a six-month contract, before undertaking a consultancy role for two years.

But his introduction in the North West will be delayed after issues with his work permit, meaning Michael Carrick will oversee his second Premier League match after Sunday's draw with Chelsea.

Carrick's side sit five points off of the top four and Arsenal, in fifth, who they face on Thursday as Mikel Arteta's side visit Old Trafford with United looking to pick up their first league win at home since September.

Rangnick will succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and could be in the dugout for the visit to Selhurst Park on Sunday.

The 63-year-old has been lauded for his influence on current Premier League managers Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp, plus his work helping create the successes that have unfolded at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.

But BBC and Sky Sports pundit Richards left us all under no illusions of his view following the excitement surrounding Rangnick's appointment.

"You know why I’m groaning? I’ll tell you why I’m groaning," he told Radio 5 Live’s The Monday Night Club.

"Everyone’s making out like Rangnick is some sort of messiah. like he’s come to this country and he’s got five league titles and a Champions League. It’s a massive, massive overreaction.

"No, no, no! I’m definitely not that," he said denying he was doubting his credentials.

"You’ve always got to give someone a chance and time. I’m just talking about everyone jumping on the bandwagon like he’s the messiah."

Richards went on to question the approach United have taken by appointing an interim until the summer.

"Who is going to be the manager? We’re talking about Rangnick because he’s got the consultancy after the six months," Richards questioned.

"I get him coming to Manchester United and I actually think it’s really good for United to have a clear plan as to what they want to do, the style of play, the players that they’ll want to attract if that’s what he wants to do. So I get that part.

"But I don’t get the part that he’s coming in there for six months then someone is coming in as he takes a step back. I don’t get that.

"Who is he going to get in there?"

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