Man Utd’s reluctance to transfer could hurt Champions League qualification chances

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Manchester United are yet to make a single signing throughout the January transfer window and don’t seem likely to change that before next week’s deadline.

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Premier League transfer rumors – January 14

The Manchester United hierarchy are rumored to be unwilling to let Ralf Rangnick sign any players this month as the German is unlikely to be at the helm next season.

The former RB Leipzig boss is only the interim Red Devils boss and some figures at the top of the club believe it would be damaging to allow Rangnick to make additions when he cannot stay beyond. of the end of the season.

United have been tipped by many to be in the hunt for a first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season this term, but instead find themselves in a fall for a top four finish after a disappointing first half of the countryside.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign quickly imploded shortly after signing a three-year contract extension, leading to his eventual dismissal and Rangnick taking over.

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Ralf Rangnick has acknowledged the need for Man Utd to strengthen their midfield
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However, Rangnick’s time in the Old Trafford dugout is increasingly expected to last only the remainder of this season before the 63-year-old makes the transition to the boardroom for a consultant role.

As a result, United appear to be tightening the purse strings until their eventual successor is named.

But even for a club of United’s stature, they’re likely to need Champions League football to attract someone like Mauricio Pochettino – the current Paris Saint-Germain boss – this summer.

In turn, United must do all they can to crack the top four, but even the most optimistic members of the Old Trafford faithful will recognize that it could prove a difficult task.

Antonio Conte’s Spurs are seventh on 36 points, just two behind United with two games less.

It’s a similar story for Arsenal, who also have 36 points and are one game clear of the Red Devils.

Although United have the edge over West Ham with a points advantage having played one less game, even the Hammers cannot be ruled out of the race for Champions League qualification.

Many would agree with the theory that for United to give themselves the best chance of finishing the season in that coveted fourth place, they will need to strengthen their squad in the areas that need to be addressed.

Midfield is the most glaring issue, with the performances of Scott McTominay and Fred leaving much to be desired under Solskjaer and Rangnick.







Amadou Haidara would be Ralf Rangnick’s ideal transfer target this month
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The current United boss is clearly on board given recent links with RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, a player Rangnick knows very well.

The Mali international was first brought to Germany by Rangnick and now he is wanted in Manchester.

According to PictureHaidara is Rangnick’s number one transfer target but has already been told of concerns over his ability to adapt to his eventual successor’s style of play.

United are also keen to offload a number of stars before signing more to what is a particularly bloated squad, even after Anthony Martial’s temporary departure to Sevilla.

Ignoring the warning signs transmitted by some fairly lackluster performances and failing to step up where Rangnick has asked will likely only hurt United’s long-term prospects.

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