Man Utd willing to install new manager BEFORE end of season (Rangnick involved)

Manchester United chiefs are prepared to install their new permanent manager before the end of the season.

The Manchester Evening News says there have been developments in United’s process to settle on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s full-time successor and the club could secure an agreement well in advance of the summer transfer window’s opening date of July 1.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag of Ajax remain the frontrunners to take over at United, who are believed to have informally sounded out Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers while Solskjaer was still in charge. Rodgers remains under consideration.

A source familiar with the process says United believe ‘the sooner, the better’ a manager is appointed, with the club mindful of Tottenham’s farcical efforts to replace Jose Mourinho last summer. The United football director John Murtough is believed to be heading up the process, with Ralf Rangnick also involved before he starts his consultancy role on July 1.

Multiple sources have confirmed incoming chief executive Richard Arnold will not be heavily involved in football matters but he would have to request sign-off on any managerial appointment from co-chairman Joel Glazer.

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