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Rangnick to add Chris Armas to Man Utd coaching staff

14:50 GMT 07/12/2021
Chris Armas Toronto FC
The former USMNT international, along with sports psychologist Sascha Lense, will become part of the Red Devils interim manager's backroom team

Ralf Rangnick has confirmed he will be adding Chris Armas to his coaching staff at Manchester United.

The Red Devils' interim manager has been looking to bring in a few new members of staff to join the current coaching set-up but visa complications following Brexit were making the situation more difficult. 

Despite the delay, and as reported by GOAL on December 6, Armas, who managed New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC, will be joining Rangnick’s backroom staff, with sports psychologist Sascha Lense also being added.

Who is Chris Armas? 

The 49-year-old American had a long career in the MLS where he played for LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire, as well as for the USMNT.

He managed the New York Red Bulls between 2018 and 2020, where he came to know Rangnick, with the German having been promoted to head of sport and development for the Red Bull franchise in 2019.

Armas’ last job was head coach of Toronto FC, a position he left earlier this year. Sources have told GOAL that Rangnick was informed he could bring a small number of staff with him when he took the position of interim manager and, should the right permits be obtained, Armas will be the first person to be added to the team. 

Sports psychologist Lense will also join the club this week, and GOAL understands he will be added to the coaching staff rather than the medical team. The German has left his position at RB Leipzig, where he had been in the same role since 2015.

Who is staying at Man Utd? 

Sources have told GOAL that the current backroom staff, which includes first-team coach Kieran McKenna, assistant Mike Phelan and goalkeeper coach Richard Hartis, are expected to stay after Rangnick’s arrival. 

Michael Carrick was also expected to remain at Old Trafford but surprised staff when he decided last week that he would step down after overseeing three games as temporary manager before Rangnick was appointed. 

It is understood Carrick told Rangnick of his intention to leave the day before the Arsenal game, with the 40-year-old having made up his mind despite attempts by the German to persuade him to stay.

What has Rangnick said? 

At his unveiling press conference on December 3, Rangnick was asked about the current backroom staff and what his plans were going forward. 

"I'm more than happy to work with the current coaching staff because I need their experience, I need their expertise regarding the current squad," he said. "I will obviously try to find one, two, maybe three people who can join us in one or two weeks but due to the Brexit regulations it's not too easy. 

"Many of my former colleagues, no matter if it's video analysts or assistant coaches, are in long-term contracts with big clubs so they are not available right now and we have to be a bit smart and clever and find the right people. I hope that we can get them in here in the next one or two weeks, but I cannot tell you any names."

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