If they had listened to him…
At the end of November last year, Ralf Rangnick (64) stepped in as interim coach at Manchester United. He should stay with the club as a consultant. But in the summer it was over – in both functions.
Rangnick is now the coach of the Austrian national team, but before that he gave the “Red Devils” a list of player recommendations. Stars they should definitely commit to. The sobering record: United have not gotten any of them so far – two have even switched to city rivals Manchester City!
There were five players on Rangnick’s list: Josko Gvardiol (20, classified by Rangnick as a must buy), Konrad Laimer (25), Christopher Nkunku (24), Erling Haaland (22) and Julian Alvarez (22).
United have not signed any of the players so far. Central defender Gvardiol, midfielder Laimer and striker Nkunku currently play for RB Leipzig. Ex-BVB star striker Haaland switched to city rivals Manchester City for 60 million euros, as did striker Alvarez (who came from River Plate for 17 million).
Instead, Manchester United have signed left-back Tyrell Malacia for €15m from Feyenoord, midfielder Christian Eriksen from Brentford (free transfer) and centre-back Lisandro Martinez from Ajax (just under €58m). Adrien Rabiot is under discussion as the fourth newcomer.
RB Leipzig was recently able to extend the contract with superstar Christopher Nkunku (24) and even rejected an 80 million euro offer from Manchester City for central defender Gvardiol. Chelsea are also said to be interested in the 20-year-old Croatian. Konrad Laimer was last discussed at FC Bayern.
At Manchester United, the start of the season was anything but good, the Red Devils lost the Premier League opener 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion under new coach Erik ten Hag (52).
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (37) hardly played a role at the start of the season, had missed large parts of the preparation and wants to leave the club. The Portuguese only came on as a substitute against Albion (53rd).
Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic (25) is under discussion as a possible Ronaldo successor. VfB Stuttgart are said to be demanding a transfer fee of EUR 25 million for Kalajdzic. Previously, ex-Bundesliga player Marko Arnautovic (33) was traded as a solution, which triggered heavy criticism.