Ralf Rangnick confirms he will leave Manchester United to focus on work in Austria

Manchester United announced on Sunday that former caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick will not be staying at Old Trafford as a consultant despite his previous deal with the club.

Germany’s Rangnick, 63, has also announced he will not be staying at Manchester United as a consultant due to the demands of his new role as Austria manager.

Rangnick, who was expected to stay at United for another two years in his new role, confirmed the news at a press conference in Austria on Sunday.

“We would like to thank Ralf Rangnick for his efforts as caretaker manager over the past six months. By mutual agreement, Ralf will now focus solely on his new role as manager of the Austrian national team and will not will therefore not take on a consulting role at Old Trafford,” Manchester United said in a statement.

“We would like to wish Ralf the best of luck in this next chapter of his career.”

Rangnick was appointed as Austria national team manager on April 29, but announced he would still work at United as a consultant.

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Speaking last month, Rangnick said: “I will take over as manager of the Austria national team at the end of the season, but I will continue my consultancy work with Manchester United.”

Rangnick took charge at the start of December and led the team through the remainder of a difficult season, with his stint as caretaker boss providing United with crucial time to conduct a thorough search for their next manager, which resulted in on the appointment of Erik ten Hag.

He will now take charge of Austria for their next Nations League fixtures, as they face Croatia, Denmark and France in Group A1. “Once again we are grateful to Ralf for all his hard work and wish him the best for the future,” United said.