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Man Utd put manager search ‘on hold’ after Neville’s thoughts on Rangnick stay

Ralf Rangnick’s impact at Manchester United has reportedly persuaded club chiefs to pause their search for a new manager following Gary Neville’s comments on the German staying at Old Trafford

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Manchester United have reportedly put their search for a new manager on hold after being impressed by Ralf Rangnick ‘s impact at Old Trafford.

The 63-year-old was appointed on an interim basis in December, agreeing to take up a consultancy role with the Red Devils once the season ends and a successor is found.

But The Sun claim that United have paused their quest to replace Rangnick, as the acclaimed German coach has managed to ‘steady the ship’, whilst guiding the team to six wins from his first 10 games.

And club legend Gary Neville has previously expressed his thoughts on Rangnick sticking around, saying he would not be against extending his stay like the Red Devils did with predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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“The one thing that surprised me in his press conference last week was when he mentioned staying on beyond the term, when it was quite clear he was going to take six months before a consultancy arrangement,” Neville said on Sky Sports following the former RB Leipzig boss’ appointment.

“Let’s say there isn’t anyone world class available who can lead the club over the next four years, and Ralf Rangnick has a good six months. I wouldn’t be against him staying on for another season as a United fan.”

The former United captain added: “Let’s say halfway through that season a world-class manager becomes available, and it happened with Ole when Mauricio Pochettino left Tottenham.

“You might think if one becomes available for four years, who will be the right man for the project, maybe at that point he goes to that upstairs role and a manager comes in.”

Following back-to-back Premier League wins, Rangnick’s side sit in fourth place during the winter break and Neville believes the temporary boss has “more control” at Old Trafford after a “very good week.”

“Tough games, games you would think United would win but with the way they’ve been playing you’re not quite sure anymore,” the ex-right-back said on his Sky Sports podcast.

“They rode their luck against Brentford and yesterday [last Saturday’s 1-0 win against West Ham ] you saw something happening. I think Ralf Rangnick comes out of this week stronger than he started.

“I think people are backing him. I think he feels stronger and more in control than he was two weeks ago.”

Rangnick himself shocked reporters at his first press conference as interim manager, which Neville alluded to, by admitting he could recommend himself for the role of permanent boss come the end of the season.

Neville ‘would not be against’ Rangnick staying on

“The people here have been very clear talking about a six-month role. We have never spoken about what happens in summer,” Rangnick explained.

“I’m fully aware they might be looking for a new manager. If they will then speak with me about that we will see.

“Maybe if they ask my opinion and everything goes well and we develop the team I might even make the same recommendation to the board that I did at Leipzig twice when I recommended it might be a good idea to keep working with me for one year. But this is all hypothetical.”

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