Interim Man Utd manager Ralf Rangnick first encountered Ewan Sharp at New York Red Bulls and joins from Lokomotiv Moscow; watch Newcastle vs Man Utd live on Sky Sports Premier League & Main Event next Monday from 7pm; kick-off 8pm
Manchester United have announced the appointment of Scotsman Ewan Sharp as an assistant coach and analyst.
Rangnick first encountered Sharp at New York Red Bulls where he worked as a performance analyst – and the move bolsters United’s backroom team following the departures of Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.
Sharp’s last post was at Lokomotiv Moscow, alongside Rangnick, and has previously worked with New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC, while also having a two-year stint as director of performance analysis at Northwestern University in the United States.
The Toronto Sun once described how Sharp played an important role in “opposition scouting, match planning, in match and post-match analysis. He also assisted the scouting department in identification and recruitment”.
Sharp was a member of Chris Armas’ coaching staff at MLS side Toronto FC for a six-month spell earlier this year prior to the head coach’s sacking in July after just two wins in 15 games.
Rangnick appointed American Armas as his assistant earlier this month, following the departure of Carrick after his three-match spell in caretaker charge.
First-team coach McKenna left his role last week to become manager at League One Ipswich Town.
Rangnick confirmed Mike Phelan remained part of the coaching set-up at United despite the appointment of Armas.
United return to action against Newcastle on December 27, live on Sky Sports, after their last two games were postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.
First-team training resumed at Carrington on Tuesday, with a staggered return of the players, after the matches with Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion were forced to be postponed.
Anthony Martial’s preference is to join Sevilla if he is to leave Manchester United next month.
Barcelona and Juventus are also interested in the France forward, with all three clubs keen on an initial loan deal.
But Martial could expect to get the most game time at Sevilla, who are currently second in La Liga.
Martial is set to hold talks with United interim manager Ralf Rangnick over his future in the next few days.
The player’s representative Philippe Lamboley told Sky Sports News earlier this month he wants to leave in January in search of regular matches.
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Manchester United’s squad have begun a ‘staggered’ return to training ahead of their festive clash with Newcastle United.
The Red Devils’ Carrington training base had been closed to first-team players after fixtures with Brentford and Brighton were postponed following a Covid-19 outbreak.
The Premier League have stressed their intentions to proceed as planned with the festive schedule, despite only four top-flight fixtures taking place last weekend.
A host of Manchester United players were pictured returning to training on Tuesday as the club began a phased approach to typical day-to-day activities at Carrington.
The Manchester Evening News reports Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Scott McTominay, Fred, Mason Greenwood, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, and Juan Mata were among the players pictured to return.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba, and Jadon Sancho were among those not accounted for.
The Magpies are due to host Ralf Rangnick’s on December 27 on the back of three straight defeats against Leicester City, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Media watch: Ralf Rangnick scuppers Jose Mourinho’s plans, United are keeping tabs on a Bayern Munich star and Anthony Martial eyes a move to Spain
Welcome to theUnited On My Minddaily round-up, where we take a look at some of the best Manchester United stories you might have missed.
With the January transfer window on the horizon, the rumour mill is working overtime as United are linked with plenty of arrivals and departures.
Jose Mourinho is keen to bolster his defensive ranks at Roma, but Ralf Rangnick has blocked his move for a United full-back.
The future of one of Bayern Munich’s key men is up in the air as contract negotiations continue to prove problematic, and United are ready to pounce should a new deal fail to be agreed.
And finally, it looks increasingly likely that at least one of United’s strikers will be on their way out of the club next month, and Anthony Martial has reportedly decided where he would like to move.
Rangnick’s appointment as United manager looks to be good news for Diogo Dalot.
Calciomercato report that Mourinho was keen to bring the full-back to Roma in a bid to shore up his backline, but United’s interim boss has blocked the move.
Rangnick is said to have “removed the Portuguese defender from the market” as he continues to assess his squad.
My opinion: I’m quite happy to hear Dalot will be remaining at the club because Aaron Wan-Bissaka needs to be kept on his toes. It’ll be interesting to whether Dalot becomes Rangnick’s preferred option at right-back over the coming weeks.
Players who can adapt and play in different positions when an injury crisis strikes are worth their weight in gold, and so United fans should be very excited to hear of the club’s reported interest in Kingsley Coman.
The Bayern man can play in a number of different positions and with talks over a new deal continuing to stall it’s understood the Bundesliga side may be open to cutting ties with the Frenchman.
Coman’s current deal expires in 2023 and Mundo Deportivo report that if fresh terms aren’t penned they could sell him in the summer.
United, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all monitoring developments and could look to make a move next year if progress isn’t made over a new deal.
It’s not often you get the chance to sign a player who can produce superb performances in a number of different positions and the signing of Coman would be a real statement of intent.
Edinson Cavani’s United exit has been tipped to be confirmed next month and it seems he may be joined at the Old Trafford exit door by Martial.
The France international’s agent recently revealed his client’s wish to leave the club, with Newcastle United understood to be eyeing a possible move.
However, Sky Sports claim that Martial is targeting a move to Spain, with Sevilla at the top of his list of potential destinations.
Julen Lopetegui’s side are said to be keen on an initial loan deal with a view to making the switch permanent in the summer, though the report does add that Barcelona and Juventus remain interested in the striker.
My opinion: I think it’s time for Martial to leave United. That being said, we have to make sure he moves to a club where he knows he’s going to be playing regularly in the hope we can make as much money as possible from the deal if he does secure a permanent move next year.