Ralf Rangnick praises reaction of Man Utd after Burnley win
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Ralf Rangnick may have kicked the can down the road as far as transfers are concerned, but the Manchester United interim coach may have to make an exception now that the January transfer window has opened. The Red Devils’ squad appears to require strengthening once again after a difficult start to the season.
It is well-documented that the club have been searching for a new central midfielder to slot into the double pivot alongside Scott McTominay, with doubts over Fred’s ability and concerns that Paul Pogba will depart on a free transfer next summer.
Amadou Haidara, Aurélien Tchouameni and Jude Bellingham have been identified as targets by Rangnick, with Haidara the most likely player to sign due to Rangnick’s previous links with the Malian at RB Leipzig.
But there is also a pressing need to solve the conundrum at right-back, which appeared to unsettle Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and now Rangnick.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has featured in the role for the majority of the season but the 24-year-old’s performances have nosedived this season.
Indeed, Rangnick’s first Man United lineup featured Diogo Dalot — who was on the verge of leaving over the summer — ahead of Wan-Bissaka on the teamsheet.
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The Portuguese went on to start the following three games while Wan-Bissaka — a £50m arrival from Crystal Palace in 2019 — sat on the bench.
It was understood the German tactician favoured Dalot’s movement in attacking areas to Wan-Bissaka, who is regarded as a more defensive full-back option.
The concerns over Wan-Bissaka’s ability to press caused him to lose his place in the side and in the long-term, Rangnick may be looking to sign a replacement at right-back.
When quizzed about bringing in reinforcements, the 63-year-old insisted he had not discussed the matter and believes January is a difficult time to sign players of the required standard.
“We haven’t spoken about new players, it’s not the time to think about new players,” he said last week.
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“We have to get to know the players we have currently: the squad is definitely not too small.
“Maybe after Christmas, there will be a time to talk about possible transfers in the winter.
“In my experience, winter is not the time for sustainable transfers. It will be difficult in the winter.”
But the unavoidable truth is that Man United cannot miss out on the Champions League after bringing in players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.
That means either winning the Europa League or finishing in the top four, and neither are out of the question, but their defensive issues could cost them on both fronts.
Reports have long suggested Man United wanted to sign Kieran Trippier, but it now appears that Newcastle are pressing ahead with a move for the 31-year-old.
And that could push United towards recruiting a player more suited to the new style of play under Rangnick, who also fits the club’s philosophy of signing young British players.
Brighton’s promising full-back Tariq Lamptey has emerged as a potential target, according to FourFourTwo, after starring for the Seagulls since his £3m move from Chelsea in 2020.
The English starlet possesses blistering pace and energy down the right flank, and is well-versed in Brighton’s pressing plan, making him a sound addition if Rangnick is to truly implement his ‘gegenpressing’ tactic.
It may set back the Red Devils anything above £30m to sign the 21-year-old, but the signs suggest Lamptey would be worth every penny. His recent display against his former club Chelsea underlined his enormous potential.
Rangnick has already steered United back into calmer waters after a turbulent period under Solskjaer, but he must plan for the future when he steps aside at the end of the season.
Signing a player of Lamptey’s potential would show they mean business in the club’s attempts to recruit the most talented British players, while also providing a solution to a growing problem.
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