Ralf Rangnick ‘will NOT be in charge of Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal on Thursday night’ as Covid rules and work permit issues delay German’s start at Old Trafford
- Ralf Rangnick will reportedly not be in charge of Man United vs Arsenal
- Rangnick’s arrival has been put on hold due to Covid and work permit issues
- Hopefully he gets the green light for Sunday’s Crystal Palace game
- Michael Carrick remains responsible for the clash with Mikel Arteta’s Gunners
Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick will reportedly not be in charge of Thursday’s clash with Arsenal as the club continues to resolve issues over Germany’s visa and Covid-19 regulations.
Rangnick’s end-of-season appointment was confirmed Monday, but there were immediate concerns that he would be prevented from starting the job due to red tape and new Covid restrictions.
Club staff were told in Carrington on Monday that it is unlikely that Rangnick will be in charge until the end of the week, while the 63-year-old German awaits approval of his license.
Man United interim boss Ralf Rangnick will reportedly not be in charge of the Arsenal clash
Concierge boss Michael Carrick stays in charge until Rangnick gets the green light
The problem has been exacerbated by the stricter Covid rules for travelers arriving in the UK, which came into effect in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Anyone coming to the UK from abroad will have to undergo a PCR test and self-isolate pending a negative result due to new restrictions put in place to try and tackle the Omicron variant of Covid.
utilities, according to the BBC, the German will not be in the dugout for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal visit on Thursday night.
United remain hopeful that Rangnick will get the green light to take over, in time for Palace’s visit on Sunday.
A club spokesperson said Monday evening: ‘We are working calmly and diligently to obtain a visa for Ralf in accordance with all relevant regulations and protocols. These are processes that have to be followed and we do that as quickly as possible.’
Caretaker boss Michael Carrick will remain in charge until Rangnick’s arrival, after overseeing a Champions League win over Villarreal and a draw over Premier League leader Chelsea.
More to follow.