The German, who has been working as the head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow, looks set to succeed Michael Carrick on a temporary basis as the club looks to put the foundations in place for their next long-term manager.

Rangnick is set to become interim boss before moving into a consultancy role for two years at Old Trafford — where he ought to have a major impact on recruitment, given his excellent record with transfers.

Rangnick compared Pogba with former RB Leipzig (and now Liverpool) midfielder Naby Keita, and said he "wouldn't swap Keita with [Paul] Pogba for our style of play," speaking in 2017 just a year after the Frenchman arrived back in Manchester.

The Guinean made the Premier League switch a year later to Jurgen Klopp's side and has been a part of their title-winning sides but has struggled with injuries, as he did in the Bundesliga.

Rangnic's use of the midfielder provides an insight into what could be expected of the manager going forward, especially the modern pressing tactic — something Pogba has faced criticism for in the past.

Rangnick has been dubbed one of the best German coaches that has been produced in the last 15 or 20 years and his managerial CV boasts a modest number of accolades including promotions and a cup win with Schalke.

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