What January changes at Manchester United?
New Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick has been given the go ahead to make signings this coming transfer window, but the club will need to offload players first, according to reports. Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson have all not had much playing time, and now only have a few weeks to impress Rangnick.
All these players where on the fringes when Ole Solskjaer was manager and they are still favourites to go according to UK betting sites. With players sold and money being made available by the board, the new United manager could have up to £100m to spend in January.
Ralf Rangnick is known for his pressing style of play and the United squad looks thin as he looks to gradually implement a relentless press at every opportunity. The interim manager is eager for United to have energy and mobility in midfield, with Fred and Scott McTominay currently the only two players who appear to be suitable as a partnership. Improvements here are likely with McTominay needing further development and refinement. But who could come in to the Red Devils to freshen the squad?
Rangnick's top target is likely to be Amadou Haidara, who currently plays for RB Leipzig. Rangnick knows the 23-year-old well from his time at Red Bull, he was manager of the Bundesliga club in December 2018 when he arrived. Haidara has a buy-out clause in his contract, which becomes active in the summer, but United are said to be ‘willing’ to back Rangnick to strengthen the squad in the January window. Haidara is a combative box to box player which fits the mould required. Haidara has previously expressed his desire to join United in 2019: "I dream of playing there one day" he told Bild.
Another Leipzig star that has been linked is Christopher Nkunku, who has firmly established himself as one of the Bundesliga's most promising talents. In just 21 games in all competitions this season, Nkunku has already scored 14 goals and provided 9 assists. Again Nkunku would be familiar with Rangnick's pressing style and could inject new life into the United team. Rated at £42million, this could work for United's January budget.
Frenkie de Jong
Signed for £65million from Ajax in 2019, De Jong has had a hit and miss time at the Nou Camp. But under new boss Xavi, De Jong has started all but one game, with Xavi making it clear he has no intentions of selling him. However with Barcelona's money trouble well known, Barca president Joan Laporta could be forced into a sale. Reports in the Spanish press claim new United boss Ralf Ragnick is interested in signing De Jong, with the belief they could land him for around £47m.