Manchester United signed Ralf Rangnick as interim manager on Monday.

The 63-year-old German will finish the season with the twenty-time national champion and will continue to advise the club for two years after that.

Rangnick succeeds Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked last Sunday due to disappointing results.

During United's last two games, assistant coach Michael Carrick was on the bench as the person ultimately responsible.

It is Rangnick's third time to work outside of Germany.

He comes from Russia's Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was sporting director, and also held that position at Red Bull Salzburg between 2012 and 2015.

Rangnick was also a trainer of VfB Stuttgart, Hannover 96, Schalke 04, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.

He was also director at Leipzig for many years.

With Schalke he conquered the DFB-Pokal in 2011.

"Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football. His leadership and technical skills made him our top contender," said United director John Murtough.

"Everyone is looking forward to working with him this season and then for another two years in his advisory role."

United's first game under Rangnick is Thursday, when the in-form Arsenal come to Old Trafford.

United are only eighth in the Premier League, three spots lower than their London opponent.

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