PICTURED: Ralf Rangnick patrols the Old Trafford touchline for the first time as caretaker manager, chatting with John Murtough and Wes Brown on a tour of the stadium after release from quarantine
- New Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick took a tour of Old Trafford
- German coach shown around the stadium by football director John Murtough
- Rangnick is still waiting for his work permit to be finalised before he starts work
- It means Michael Carrick will be in the dug-out for Thursday’s Arsenal game
- Rangnick took time to chat with former United defender Wes Brown pitchside
- He should be in charge for Sunday’s home fixture against Crystal Palace
Manchester United’s new interim manager Ralf Rangnick has received a tour of Old Trafford after his Covid quarantine came to an end.
While the German coach won’t be in the dug-out for Thursday night’s Premier League clash with Arsenal as he awaits confirmation of a work permit, he has walked the Old Trafford touchline for the first time as boss.
Rangnick was spotted by United fan Oliver Hunt, who was on a tour of the stadium on Wednesday.
New Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick was spotted taking a tour of Old Trafford on Wednesday accompanied by the club’s football director John Murtough
The German coach took time out to speak to former United defender Wes Brown pitchside
Caretaker boss Michael Carrick will remain in charge for Arsenal clash on Thursday night
United’s football director John Murtough appeared to be giving Rangnick the guided tour with the coach stopping to chat to former defender Wes Brown as he made his way around the pitch.
Caretaker manager Michael Carrick is set to take charge of a third game for the visit of the Gunners with Rangnick, whose appointment was confirmed on Monday, watching from the stands.
Assuming that Rangnick’s work permit is granted in time, his first game in charge will be Sunday’s home fixture with Crystal Palace.
As reported by Sportsmail on Tuesday night, Rangnick needs to convince a Football Association panel of his managerial credentials to secure his work permit.
The 63-year-old flew into the UK on Monday night ahead of stricter Covid restrictions coming into effect hours later and has been staying in a Manchester hotel.
United are hopeful the German will be in charge in time for Crystal Palace’s visit on Sunday
Man United fixtures
Premier League unless stated
Thursday Arsenal (H)
Sunday Crystal Palace (H)
December 8 Young Boys (H)
Champions League group stage
December 11 Norwich City (A)
December 14 Brentford (A)
December 18 Brighton (H)
It is understood that Rangnick does not meet the FA’s criteria for a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) because he has not managed a top-flight club in Europe for long enough in the last five years — either two years consecutively or three years cumulatively.
Although Rangnick twice took charge of RB Leipzig in the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons while also working as the club’s director of football, that is not enough to qualify automatically for a GBE — as Antonio Conte did when taking over at Tottenham a month ago because of his recent stints at Inter Milan and Chelsea.
United sources argue that Rangnick has held other senior roles at RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow but, technically, he has not worked enough in this period as a manager.
His GBE will need to be approved by a three-man exceptions panel appointed by the FA, and chaired by a legal professional and two other figures with a background in football, before he can be granted a work permit by the Home Office.
United are hopeful it will come through before the end of the week, enabling Rangnick to be in the dug-out against Palace.
More to follow.