Ralf Rangnick makes Man Utd coaching request as Carrick and McKenna await fate

Ralf Rangnick will speak to both Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna before deciding the make-up of his Manchester United staff but has already requested at least one new coach.

The 63-year-old has agreed to take over the reins at Old Trafford on a temporary basis until the end of the season, after which point he will take up a consultancy role at the club.

United are believed to have worked out a compensation package with Rangnick’s current club, Lokomotiv Moscow, and are now waiting on a work permit.

The appointment should be confirmed in the next 24-48 hours and while the German coach will not be in the dugout against Chelsea on Sunday he should be in charge by the time Arsenal visit Old Trafford on Thursday evening.

He has already started working and planning, having been given access to training footage from Carrington, and top of his list of priorities is deciding his backroom team.

According to The Athletic, he will meet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s old coaching staff in the coming days and assess them all before deciding whether they have a future under him.

Carrick and McKenna are both highly rated by United’s hierarchy – even though the latter is sometimes considered ‘schoolmasterly’ by the players – and there is a feeling that Rangnick could be an excellent influence on them.

The German has a history of developing coaches and United feel they have already invested a lot of time, resources and money into Carrick and McKenna and do not want to see that go to waste, with the duo potentially even joining the permanent manager’s staff next summer.

But Rangnick does want to stamp his own mark on the backroom team and specifically requested a new video analyst during talks with United, which they have agreed to.

He will also be allowed to bring in two of his trusted assistants, with Lars Kornetka – who worked with Rangnick at Hoffenheim, Schalke and RB Leipzig – set to join his long-time friend at Old Trafford as his right-hand man.

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