Ralf Rangnick is about to agree to become Manchester United’s interim manager, The Athletic reports.

This is a big coup for United, as Rangnick is considered a visionary football tactician.

Rangnick will give United valuable insights outside of the field as well as a fresh approach.

The German was actually approached by Chelsea last season about a similar role and turned it down.

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Why Rangnick snubbed Chelsea

Rangnick was approached by Chelsea about a similar role. They turned to him after firing Frank Lampard.

He did not respond positively to her progress as he was not interested in an interim role.

Commenting on The Times, Rangnick said, “’I said,’ I’d love to come and work with you, but I can’t do it for four months. I am not an interim coach.

“For the media and players, you would be the ‘four-month manager’ from day one, a lame duck.”

So why the change in approach to United?

It would be rude to turn around and say United are bigger. So let’s explore a little further.

Chelsea have already appointed interim bosses, Guus Hiddink and Rafa Benitez. Both achieved success but left with little fanfare.

The chance to join United is unique because of the type of deal that Club Rangnick is offering.

The Rangnick Athletic report will not only come to tackle the team’s current pitch problems. He is invited to set the course for the future of the association.

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Rangnick will play a key role in the appointment of United’s next permanent boss and will remain in a strategic role at the club.

It is this secondary aspect of the role that is critical for Rangnick to accept the deal.

The Times reported this week that Rangick would only accept United’s offer if he were granted a temporary position to add meaning and scope to his short-term appointment.

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