3 Players Rangnick could bring to Manchester United   

During his stint as director of football for both RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg, Ralf Rangnick built a reputation for identifying, signing and developing relatively unknown players into top-class talents who could be sold for double and even triple their original fees.

As Rangnick is set to remain in a consultant role until 2024 following the end of his 6-month contract as interim boss of Manchester United, the influence the German is set to hold has been understated by his job title and he will have sway over United’s footballing operations, contract renewals, signings and managerial appointments according to reports.

With Rangnick’s reign set to begin this weekend as he takes charge of his first game as interim boss against Crystal Palace, here are 3 players he could bring to the club:    

Some of Rangnick’s most notable signings:

  • Erling Haaland – £6.9m
  • Joshua Kimmich – £420k
  • Sadio Mane – £3.5m
  • Roberto Firmino – £3.5m
  • Timo Werner – £11.7m
  • Naby Keita – £1.2m
  • Marcel Sabitzer – £1.6m

3. Nordi Mukiele

Having worked previously with Rangnick after his move to RB Leipzig in 2018, Nordi Mukiele is an option the German could turn to as he looks to bolster United’s defence. The 24-year-old Frenchman operates mainly as a right-back for Leipzig but can be used in a more central defensive position when called upon.

Similarly to Arsenal summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu, Mukiele’s imposing height, progressive passing and athleticism make him a very capable candidate for a premier league move.

Despite not possessing the crossing ability as some of the other top 6 players in his position, with Mukiele’s contract running out in 2022, he could prove a shrewd option to both deputise and compete with current United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Having played for Leipzig in the last 4 seasons, Mukiele has established himself as a key starting player in their league and European campaigns and has bought into the footballing ideals Rangnick established at the German club and as a result, would transition well into a potential move to Manchester.   

2. Amadou Haidara

Another Leipzig player, Amadou Haidara’s name has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this week after the Rangnick appointment was made official and he currently looks the most likely to make the switch.

Haidara is firmly ingrained in the Rangnick style of pressing football having originally been bought for Salzburg in 2016. A talented midfielder, the Malian combines technical excellence with a great engine and has established himself as a promising box to box midfielder with a keen eye for goal.

The 23-year-olds may not be the defensive midfielder that United are in dire need of right now, and his signing would at this moment be another final third midfielder being forced to play a deeper role.

However, with the futures of both Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek in the air, Haidara could be used to fill the hole left by the seemingly imminent departures of two creative midfielders. Haidara has so far not featured too often for Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch this season, his ambition for more playing time as well as a long-held dream of playing for the reds would see him welcome the transfer.   

1. Erling Haaland

The Norweigan striker will once again be subject to a frenzy of rumours linking him with a move away from Borussia Dortmund in the next two windows, and both Rangnick and United will both have the 21-year-old at the very top of their wishlist.

Rangnick brought Haaland to Salzburg in 2019 and despite the striker’s short stint there, he left a real impression on the current United boss   

Rangnick is very fond of the Norweigan. Speaking to Sky Sports, Rangnick said “Erling is one of my favourite players and he will be the benchmark for central strikers for the next 10 to 15 years. He combines almost all the assets that you need as a striker.  

He’s 193cm tall, he’s extremely fast and he’s good on the ball. He can control and defend the ball and can be the link between the midfielders and the rest of the forwards. He’s extremely dangerous in front of goal, he’s good in the air and he’s got a top mentality as well.”  

Reportedly a close friend to Alf-Inge Håland, the father Erling, Rangnick will almost certainly use this relationship to bring him to the club.

United saw a past approach for the striker fail in January 2020 as Haaland chose instead to move to Dortmund with many reports sighting the unstable position of then manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær as a reason.

United will hope that their new-look front office of John Murtough and Rangnick can convince Haaland that they have a stable and competitive sporting project in place, regardless of the permanent manager, to get the much-coveted striker in a red devils shirt.

A new stratagy

United’s signing policy will almost certainly be shaped by the footballing identity Rangnick will bring to the club. With the German favouring a high-tempo pressing style, ‘Galactico’ type signings will no longer be the norm and the focus will be on bringing in young promising players who both fit the style of play are willing to buy into the footballing philosophy United are sure to adopt under the German.   

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