Rangnick open to late January clear-out after Elanga’s breakthrough

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick is reportedly open to letting two more players leave on loan before the transfer window shuts on Monday, after Anthony Martial and Amad loan departures this week.

ESPN Sources have revealed that after previously being hesitant in regards to outgoings this month, Rangnick is now happy for an offensive clearout, with as many as four players leaving, after the emergence of Anthony Elanga in the first team.

The Swedish youngster has started United’s last three fixtures, and has made eight appearances this season. Rangnick expects him to compete with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho for the wide roles in the new 4-3-3 formation.

Anthony Martial has completed a six-month loan to Spanish side Sevilla, while Amad has moved to Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers on a loan for the remainder of the season.

Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard is also looking for a move away from Old Trafford. Newcastle were interested in the 28-year-old midfielder, but there are complications on that front.

Loan proposals from Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham for the English international were refuted by United, who didn’t want to strengthen a fellow top four rival, as per Simon Stone.

There are talks ongoing with Crystal Palace regarding a loan move for Donny van de Beek, who is yet to start a Premier League game this season.

There is also interest from clubs in Spain and Italy for the Dutchman — United will ask for his wages to be covered in any possible deal.

Elanga will rejoin the United squad in the coming days to prepare for their return to action in the FA Cup against Middlesbrough next Friday.

Any loan interest in the 19-year-old winger this month has been firmly dismissed, sources told ESPN.

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