Manchester United reportedly have their sights set on acquiring Ralf Rangnick as a possible replacement for current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has led his side to a very poor start to the season.
The Red Devils currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League with just 3 wins out of 11 and are already 10 points behind 4th place Chelsea.
Solskjaer’s side are currently in second place of their Europa League group but do have a game in hand on leaders AZ Alkmaar who have a point extra.
That being said, United have still struggled in the Europa League having only a goal difference of two in three games. In comparison, Alkmaar have a goal difference of 11, highlighting the fact that United have failed to dominate in Europe’s inferior competition.
Therefore, Solskjaer is currently 5/1 to be sacked from the record Premier League champions – only Unai Emery, Marco Silva and Ralph Hassenhutl have shorter odds to leave their club.
Thus, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been in the hunt for possible replacements for the former Red Devils striker.
Ralf Rangnick has recently been touted as it was reported that a United official went to see the German about the possibility of joining the club.
This follows on from the former RB Leipzig manager distancing himself from the vacant Bayern Munich job.
Rangnick, who is currently Leipzig’s head of sport and development, is 4/1 to join United if Solskjaer were to be sacked.
He is currently the third favourite for the United job according to the bookies, with Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino the two who are ahead of him.
The 61-year-old was last in management last season following the departure of the now Southampton coach Ralph Hassenhutl.
The jack-of-all-trades led Leipzig to a 3rd place finish in the Bundesliga, behind the two German juggernauts Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Rangnick is known for his attacking style of play that is combined with a high press. He also likes to involve and improve youngsters, which is a combination that United would love to have.
Even if Rangnick is unable to secure the managerial role, he would be a great fit for United’s vacant director of football role.
His knowledge of the game and players is superb as showcased by Leipzig’s great success under young coach Julian Nagelsmann.
The likes of Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano have hugely impressed, a testament to Rangnick’s brilliant scouting and recruitment.