Gary Neville "wouldn’t be against" Rangnick staying as Man Utd boss next season

Gary Neville "wouldn't be against" Ralf Rangnick remaining as Manchester United boss next season.

Rangnick, 63, has been appointed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's successor until the end of the season, at which point he will move upstairs into a consultancy role.

The German enjoyed a winning start to life at Old Trafford as the Red Devils picked up a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

Although Rangnick is only expected to guide the team for six months, Neville can envisage a scenario where he remains in the dugout, possibly until the end of next season.

He discussed the prospect of Rangnick staying on as manager on Monday Night Football.

The former United right-back said: "The one thing that surprised me in his press conference last week was when he mentioned staying on beyond the term, when it was quite clear he was going to take six months before a consultancy arrangement.

"I called that coaching the club. He's coaching the team for six months, then coaches the club for two years in terms of the structure. He's done that at different clubs, setting up a successful structure.

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"There's a football project at United with that ethos behind it, they haven't had that in eight years. They've reacted to managers' wants and wills. You can't run a football club like that.

"Maybe where it went wrong with Ole, you look at him having that brilliant six months.

"I think it was right to give him the job, but maybe what should have been arranged, and he obviously had a great relationship with the club, and I'm sure Rangnick will build the same relationship with the boardroom because he's consulting beyond these six months.

"Let's say there isn't anyone world class available who can lead the club over the next four years, and Ralf Rangnick has a good six months. I wouldn't be against him staying on for another season as a United fan."

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However, Neville hasn't dismissed the idea of United dispensing with Rangnick midway through his time in charge either – but only if an elite level manager becomes available.

He added: "Let's say halfway through that season a world-class manager becomes available, and it happened with Ole when Mauricio Pochettino left Tottenham.

"You might think if one becomes available for four years, who will be the right man for the project, maybe at that point he goes to that upstairs role and a manager comes in."

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