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Roy Keane says a ‘clean break’ might not be bad for Man United and Ralf Rangnick

Roy Keane says a ‘clean break might not be a bad thing’ in response to news that Manchester United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick could be appointed manager of Austria and leave before his two-year consultancy role begins

Roy Keane has stated that a ‘clean break might not be a ‘bad thing’ for Manchester United and their current interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

Sportsmail reported that Rangnick is weighing up an offer to become the manager of Austria and could walk away from Old Trafford before his two-year consultancy role gets underway in the summer.

The 63-year-old German still has three games left as United’s interim manager following Thursday’s draw at home to Chelsea before stepping into an unspecified consultancy role at Old Trafford in the summer.

Sportsmail broke news that Ralf Rangnick is considering an offer to become Austria manager

Reacting to Sportsmail’s exclusive story, Keane told Sky Sports: ‘It’s been a difficult few months for him and I think if he goes upstairs people can almost tarnish his reputation because it’s been difficult, he’s not won enough games. 

‘So I think a clean break for the new coach coming in, might not be a bad thing.’

There have also been reports that Rangnick could become Austria manager while also staying on as a consultant at Old Trafford.

Roy Keane has reacted to the news by stating that a ‘clean break might not be a bad thing’

A formal announcement could be made by the Austrian Football Association about Rangnick on Friday.

Rangnick has been tempted by the opportunity to succeed Franco Foda, and Manchester United have so far refused to comment on the matter.

The Austrian FA denied suggestions earlier this month that Rangnick had met with their sporting director Peter Schottel in Manchester, but FA president Gerhard Milletich is expected to announce the new coach in Vienna on Friday and there is growing speculation that the former Schalke and RB Leipzig boss could get the job.

It means Rangnick could walk away from United before his two-year consultancy role begins

It means Rangnick could walk away from United before his two-year consultancy role begins

Ajax boss Ten Hag will take over the permanent role as manager at Old Trafford in the summer

Ajax boss Ten Hag will take over the permanent role as manager at Old Trafford in the summer

Rangnick’s consultancy role has remained somewhat vague ever since he joined United from Lokomotiv Moscow in December as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s temporary replacement.

It was thought that he could step into a senior role and even have a major say in the choice of new manager, but Rangnick admitted that he hasn’t even spoken to Erik ten Hag.

Indeed, the terms of his contract at United for the next two years only involve working as few as six days a month.

Ten Hag’s spell as interim manager hasn’t gone as planned, as he has struggled to turn around their on-field struggles since his arrival.

They currently look set to miss out on Champions League qualification. They are five points off Arsenal in fourth, having played two more games.

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