Ralph Rangnick is expected to make his first appointment as interim coach of Manchester United, with Chris Armas set to join following the departure of Michael Carrick.
Armas, 49, was head coach of the New York Red Bulls from 2018-20. In 2019, Rangnick became head of sport and development at Red Bull, the MLS franchise, after being director of football at RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg, so he’s aware American job.
Carrick, United’s interim manager for three games until Rangnick’s appointment, was first-team coach under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the Norwegian was sacked last month.
Prior to joining the New York Red Bulls as an assistant coach in 2015, Armas was an assistant coach for the Chicago Fire and then head coach for the Adelphi Panthers women’s team. In his first two years at the New York Red Bulls, the franchise won the Fans Shield for the best regular season record but was eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs. They finished sixth in the Eastern Conference the following season but were knocked out again in the first playoff round.
Armas, a Puerto Rican midfielder and former US international midfielder, took charge of Toronto FC in January 2021 but was sacked in July after their 7-1 defeat to DC United.
Meanwhile, Diogo Dalot believes United could do a “fantastic job” if everyone agreed to the interim manager’s style after beating Crystal Palace in Rangnick’s first game on Sunday. “It is difficult to have an opinion in a few days,” said the Portuguese right-back. “But I am sure that if everyone is together, and everyone is interested in that, we will do a great job. We will help him and he will help us too.
“There is no secret that he is a very good coach and has very good ideas for playing football. We hope we can help him to give us the best he can give and vice versa.”