Manchester United’s new interim manager Ralf Rangnick is set to make the first appointment of his reign after it was revealed Chris Armas is expected to join the club’s coaching staff.
According to well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Red Devils have an ‘agreement in place’ with the 49-year-old to succeed former first-team coach Michael Carrick.
He tweeted: “Former New York Red Bulls manager Chris Armas set to join Manchester United, confirmed. He’ll be part of Ralf Rangnick coaching staff, as per @TaylorTwellman. #MUFC Agreement in place, already communicated to the team – Armas will ‘replace’ Michael Carrick in Man Utd staff.”
It’s believed that Rangnick will be allowed to bring in a handful of backroom staff over the coming weeks to work alongside the staff already at the club, with both Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna set to stay put.
The German tactician addressed this issue in his first press conference ahead of Sunday’s victory over Crystal Palace, claiming any appointments may take some time to get through the Old Trafford entrance.
“I’m more than happy to work with the current coaching staff because I need their experience, I need their expertise regarding the current squad,” he said.
“I will obviously try to find one, two, maybe three people who can join us in one or two weeks, but due to the Brexit regulations, it’s not too easy.
“Many of my former colleagues, no matter if it’s video analysts or assistant coaches, are in long-term contracts with big clubs, so they are not available right now, and we have to be a bit smart and clever and find the right people,” Rangnick concluded.
But it seems as though the 63-year-old has been able to secure his first signing in just a matter of days, something that should leave United supporters feeling delighted.
Rangnick will be familiar with Armas’ skills due to his five-year association with New York Red Bulls, first as Assistant Manager from 2015-2018, before becoming the manager for two seasons from 2018 to 2020. Therefore, following Carrick’s exit, the duo could be a match made in heaven.
The American’s arrival should allow Rangnick to implement his preferred style sooner, giving the 20-time English champions hope that their stuttering season can still be saved.
After all, during Armas’ only full season with the Red Bulls, his team had the fastest ball recoveries in the league, the highest press, and played the most direct attacking style. Thus, he should definitely be able to help United’s interim boss implement his preferred style.
Should that eventuality at Old Trafford occur swiftly, it’s safe to say that supporters will be delighted by the events that have taken place.