Former RB Leipzig Manager Has ‘Impressed’ Woodward – Considered A Viable Short-Term Option

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.

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Norwich City and Aston Villa sacked their managers before the international break, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to survive the tricky period.

Manchester United have won just once in their last four games in all competitions, but the Norwegian is expected to be in charge when the Red Devils return to action to face Watford on November 20.

The lack of credible replacements seems to be the driving factor behind Solskjaer’s borrowed time at the helm.

United passed on Antonio Conte despite their embarrassing defeat to Liverpool, and it is understood their preference is to continue with the current gaffer until at least the end of the season.

But if Solskjaer’s side maintain their abysmal run, consequently threatening their place in next season’s Champions League, the United hierarchy would be forced to pull the plug on the club legend.

In case he departs mid-season, Ralf Rangnick is considered a viable short-term option. As per ESPN, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been impressed by the former RB Leipzig manager during informal meetings in the past.

Rangnick is currently occupied with a senior role at Lokomotiv Moscow, but reports in Germany have suggested that he would be interested in managing United. The same cannot be said for the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino, and Erik ten Hag, who are all unlikely to leave their respective teams mid-season for the Old Trafford job.

However, as per Fabrizio Romano, the German tactician wants full power on everything at the club. As such, despite being always appreciated by members of the board, he’s not the front-runner to replace Solskjaer.