Ralf Rangnick was in the stands to watch Manchester United's exhilarating Premier League victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday – and he was not left disappointed.
The German coach played no part in the selection of the side as he waited on paperwork to be completed, with Michael Carrick overseeing a second victory from this third and final game in charge.
Rangnick, 63, will take over his duties on Friday following the confirmation of his move, with his first game coming at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
While cameras focused on Bruno Fernandes embracing Carrick at full-time following the 3-2 home victory – others spotted Rangnick in the crowd.
The former RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim coach could be seen chatting to a fellow spectator with a huge smile on his face – meanwhile glancing at his phone as those around him celebrated.
Although fans were excited to see their new boss in the crowd, attention was soon back on Carrick as he announced that he would be leaving the club now that his caretaker spell had ended.
The 40-year-old said after the victory: "After a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave.
"It wasn't easy telling the players. In some ways you feel like you're leaving them in the lurch but sometimes you have to do what's right. I've loved working with them – they are a terrific group of players."
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To avoid any confusion over the decision, Carrick then told BBC Sport that it had nothing to do with any conversations with the new manager.
Saying: "I was conscious of making my decision before any real conversations with Ralf. I wanted to be clear cut. It was nothing personal at all."
United announced in a club statement earlier this week that Rangnick will step in as interim manager for the rest of the season before a further two years in a consultancy role.
John Murtough, Manchester United football director, said: “Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football.
"He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.
“Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role.”
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