Chris Armas joins Manchester United backroom staff, Erik Ten Hag eyeing exit amid Old Trafford links

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Chris Armas heading to Manchester United

Manchester United recently appointed German manager Ralf Rangnick as their interim boss until the end of the season and the 63-year-old is already making changes to the backroom staff.

According to ESPN, Rangnick has decided to bring in the former New York Red bulls manager Chris Armas to the club.

Apparently, the Premier League giants have already secured an agreement with Armas and Rangnick has informed his backroom staff that the former New York Red bulls manager will replace Michael Carrick.

Carrick was initially handed the interim manager role after the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Every new manager brings new backroom stuff with him and therefore the appointment of Armas is hardly a surprise.

According to the Guardian, the newly appointed Manchester United manager is familiar with the 49 year old’s work having served as the head of sport and development for Red Bull.

 Prior to becoming the head coach with New York Red bulls, Armas was an assistant coach at the club and he has worked at Chicago Fire and Adelphi Panthers as well.

The former Puerto Rico and the United States midfielder will be hoping to make his mark at Manchester United now and it will be interesting to see if he can help Ralf Rangnick turn things around at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are currently sixth in the Premier League table, three points adrift of the Champions League places and the German will be hoping to guide them to a top-four finish at the very least.

In other news Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag has now confirmed that he’s prepared to leave the Dutch outfit in order to take the next step in his career.

He told de Volkskrant : “I think I’m ready for it [to move to a top foreign club]. I would be happy to take up that challenge.

“But I’m not chasing it. If it turns out that that step will never come, I will not say that my coaching career has failed. But I think I have sufficient competencies to take on that challenge.”

The Dutchman has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United for months and it will be interesting to see if the Premier League giants decided to appoint him as their permanent manager at the end of this season.

Rangnick’s interim spell will end in the summer and Erik Ten Hag could be the ideal long term replacement.

Ajax have played some exceptional football under the Dutchman this season and he could take Manchester United back to the top of English football.