MANCHESTER UNITED’S next managerial appointment is one of the biggest decisions in the club’s history, according to Roy Keane.
Ralf Rangnick is taking interim charge until the end of the season, before he is set to move upstairs and begin a consultancy role at Old Trafford.
Man Utd are now actively searching for a long-term successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag muted as potential candidates.
And former Red Devils captain Keane believes who the board opt to go with is absolutely massive in determining the club’s future.
When asked if the managerial appointment is the key to closing the gap to rivals Man City, he told Sky Sports: “Yeah, huge decision for United over the next few months.
“They’ve got to get it right [the managerial appointment]. They’ve got to get the right manager to come into the club.
“They’ve chopped and changed, recruitment obviously hasn’t been good enough, there’s been problems all over the club at board level, there’s been changes, again a new chief executive coming in.
“But the next manager – they’ve got to get that right. It’s one of the hugest [biggest] decisions in Man Utd’s history.
“We know they are so far behind Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea. They have to get it right [the manager].
“Who that man is, I don’t know. But they’ve got a huge, huge decision.”
Man Utd have failed to get close to winning the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson brought his 27-year reign to an end in 2013.
The Scot was replaced by compatriot David Moyes, but he lasted less than a season before being sacked after a dismal spell.
Louis van Gaal took over and won the FA Cup but was relieved of his duties after they missed out on the top four in his second term in charge.
Jose Mourinho succeeded the Dutchman, winning the League Cup and Europa League.
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But he also struggled to mount a threatening title challenge and was eventually sacked in December 2018.
Solskjaer came in on an interim basis before being handed the job full-time.
He spent three years as head coach but failed to secure any silverware and was let go in November.
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