Arsenal travel to Old Trafford on Thursday night knowing that Manchester United will likely be under new management at that point as Ralf Rangnick’s appointment as interim manager moves closer.
The German is expected to step in until the end of the season before taking on a two-year consultancy role following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
A 4-1 defeat to Watford proved to be the final straw for the Norwegian as his three-year tenure comes to an end.
United were hopeful that Rangnick would be in a position to take charge of the squad by Thursday but that is now in doubt as an announcement is neared.
While there are unlikely to be any issues in appointing the German, The Athletic have reported that issues with his work permit could mean that he is made to wait to step into the dugout.
He reportedly had no contact with the players during United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday and watched the game from Germany.
But it remains to be seen whether Thursday’s clash may also come too soon for him.
The report from The Athletic states: “His appointment is expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours but it is not yet clear whether his first game in charge will be Thursday’s visit of Arsenal or Crystal Palace’s trip to Old Trafford on December 5.
“There is still some uncertainty over when Rangnick’s visa process will be completed following his face-to-face meetings in London’s Mayfair with the United hierarchy last week.
“Unusually for a world-class manager, Rangnick has not used an agent during his talks with United, opting to represent himself in negotiations.”
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Mikel Arteta will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in midweek following their 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.
Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli were both on target although the former limped off in the second half with a knock and it remains to be seen whether he will be ready to face United.
Rangnick has made a name for himself as a high-pressing, detailed manager, acting as a mentor to the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.
Most recently he managed RB Leipzig between 2015 and 2020 before taking up the role of manager of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow in the summer.