NEW Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick will have to face an FA-appointed independent panel to get a work permit for his new job.

Because he has not had enough managerial jobs over the last five years, he does not meet the criteria from the Home Office by default.

So, according to The Telegraph, the 63-year-old's case will be heard by a panel who will have to fast-track the application.

Rangnick has held various director-type roles in the past five years, his latest with Russian side Locomotiv Moscow.

He was announced as the man to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked after the dismal 4-1 defeat at Watford.

The German, hailed for his tactical nous, has agreed a six month 'interim' role, with him taking a two-year consultancy position after this.

But Michael Carrick is continuing to lead training and matches until Rangnick can officially start his new job.

And Carrick will be in the dugout for United's mouthwatering clash against Arsenal on Thursday.


However, fans were convinced that Rangnick was in contact with Darren Fletcher over the phone during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

But United claimed the Scot was merely talking to video analysts.

Rangnick's work permit delay has been worsened by stricter Covid regulations introduced yesterday.

A club source told the Mail last night: "We are working calmly and carefully to secure a visa for Ralf in line with all relevant regulations and protocols.

"These are processes which have to be followed and we are doing so as swiftly as possible."


Carrick, as well as Kieran McKenna and Mike Phelan, WILL remain on United's staff.

Rangnick will be able to add a few staff members of his own – although video analyst Lars Kornetka will remain at Lokomotiv Moscow.

United are thankful towards the Russian club, after they didn't receive a penny in compensation for Rangnick.

That doesn't mean that the Red Devils haven't forked out at all on the appointment, however, with Rangnick's £8m-a-year more than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was earning.

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