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Man Utd's three reasons for picking Ralf Rangnick after speaking to four candidates

The former RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim manager fought off competition from some big names in European football to land the interim job at Manchester United

Manchester United have acted quickly after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Ralf Rangnick poised to replace the Norwegian in the dugout for the remainder of the season.

The German was one of several managers considered for the position, with former Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund bosses among those to fall just short following a week of interviews.

Rangnick is expected to take over after Sunday's Premier League trip to Chelsea, with his start delayed and Michael Carrick remaining in caretaker charge for the game against the Premier League leaders, as revealed by Mirror Football.

As United gear up for the arrival of a new man in the dugout, it has become increasingly clear why the higher-ups chose the respected 63-year-old ahead of the other men in the running.

United have a verbal agreement with the manager but are relaxed when it comes to determining Rangnick's first game in charge, and the manager-elect is not expected to be at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

The former RB Leipzig manager is set to remain at the club beyond his initial spell as interim manager, with a two-year consultancy role lined up as the Premier League side begin life under their next permanent manager.

Ernesto Valverde, Lucien Favre and Rudi Garcia were also considered for the interim role, but Rangnick's combination of qualities saw him gain an edge over the other candidates.

“Beyond the managerial side, his lens on football philosophy and strategy is second to none, particularly with the phenomenal job he did at Salzburg and Leipzig,” a senior club source said when explaining Rangnick's appeal.

The former Hoffenheim and Schalke boss helped build Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig into competitive sides during his time as director of football with both and manager with the latter.

He has spent this season as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow, but could well be in the United dugout for their home game against Crystal Palace next weekend.

Former Lyon and Roma manager Garcia is believed to have been the closest challenger to Rangnick before United opted for the German.

The Red Devils are continuing to put together a plan for a long-term successor to Solskjaer, who was dismissed after overseeing a 4-1 defeat at Watford last weekend.

Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is one of the names mentioned in connection with the role, with PSG reportedly keen on Zinedine Zidane as his replacement.

United currently sit six points outside the top four and 12 behind Chelsea, and the gap to both could widen with a defeat on Sunday.