A former Lokomotiv Moscow president has slammed Ralf Rangnick ahead of his appointment at Manchester United.
The German is set to become the Red Devils new interim manager after Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea.
Rangnick will replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was relieved of his duties after winning just one of this final seven Premier League games in charge.
The experienced coach only signed a three-year contract at Lokomotiv in July to become their head of sports and development.
And ex-chief Nikolai Naumov is disappointed with Rangnick’s impending exit, despite United’s status as one of the biggest clubs in the world.
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“It’s not about Manchester,” Naumov told Match TV. “For Rangnick, this is no escape, betrayal, or disgrace. Rangnick is a merchant.
“He absolutely does not care about football, because he only does business around him. And the more countries, leagues and football clubs he covers, the more he will earn.
“He’s absolutely indifferent to Lokomotiv. He did not come here to raise football, but to earn money. Now he was offered money elsewhere, and he and his company will go to United.
“When he’s offered to work in Africa, he will go to earn money there, leaving his deputy at Manchester United. Clean business.”
Rangnick is widely regarded as one of the finest coaches in Europe after spells at Stuttgart, Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.
The veteran manager is credited with creating the Gegenpressing system, deployed by the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann and Jurgen Klopp.
United’s current caretaker manager Michael Carrick won his first game in charge against Villarreal on Tuesday and will be in the dugout against Chelsea, too.
The Blues are currently top of the Premier League, three points clear of title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
Andrei Kanchelskis, who played for United between 1991 and 1994, believes Rangnick is a good appointment by his former club.
He has, however, questioned the German’s work at Lokomotiv and thinks Carrick should’ve stayed in charge until the end of the season.
“The impressive reputation he has in Germany has seemingly led the United board to consider his appointment,” Kanchelskis told bettingexpert.
“In many ways if it transpires then it appears a logical appointment – a step for stability.
“At Lokomotiv Moscow, he has not done a huge amount to change their current situation in his role as director of football – which I’d describe as a little complex to say the least…
“We haven’t seen a huge impact in the six months he’s had but he’s not been here a long time in the role. It’s hard to make such an impact in that time.
“I did feel Carrick should have stayed in the role until the end of the season, but it seems like that is not to be and hopefully this is the start of a return to form for the team and an upcoming period of stability.”