MANCHESTER UNITED boss John Murtough failed to sign any of the four transfer targets recommended by Ralf Rangnick.
Manchester United were recommended four signings by Ralf Rangnick before his departure, according to reports. RB Leipzig duo Josko Gvardiol and Konrad Laimer, as well as Erling Haaland and Christopher Nkunku, were all suggested to John Murtough. With none of the quartets coming, however, Express Sport will now take a look at how the Red Devils would be lining up if they listened to their advice.
And while David De Gea’s distribution pales in comparison to Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, the Spain international remains the club’s No.
The former Atletico Madrid star spent 11 years at Old Trafford and is one of the last disciples of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
United have loaned Dean Henderson this summer, with the England international joining Nottingham Forest.
Therefore, the number 1 shirt is too much of De Gea to lose at the moment.
Defense: Dalot, Gvardiol, Maguire, Malacia
If United had shown a willingness to listen to Rangnick, they could have signed Gvardiol instead of Lisandro Martinez.
The MEN claim the Croatian international was seen as a ‘must-buy’ by the German, having been impressed by his form by RB Leipzig.
However, United ultimately did not accept Rangnick in his recommendation.
Had he joined, however, Gvardiol would likely have partnered Harry Maguire at centre-back.
Diogo Dalot would likely still be in the squad and there is nothing to suggest United wouldn’t have moved on to Tyrell Malacia at left-back.
Midfield: Laimer, Fred, Fernandes
Another player Rangnick felt United should look for is Laimer, who has been with Leipzig since moving from Salzburg in the 2017 summer transfer window.
Unfortunately United are not interested in a deal right now with Frenkie de Jong and Adrien Rabiot their main targets.
If Laimer had walked in, he’d probably be partnering with Fred in the middle of the park.
And, in front of them, would be Bruno Fernandes in role nº 10.
Christian Eriksen, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay and James Garner would then be options for the club to call from the bench.
Forwards: Sancho, Haaland, Nkunku
Rangnick has seen Marcus Rashford work under his guidance, which is part of the reason he suggested Nkunku as a target.
The France international will not leave Leipzig behind, however, having recently signed a new contract with the Bundesliga side.
Still, if United had acted faster, the striker would have been viable on the left – with Jadon Sancho on the right.
And in the middle would go Haaland.
Rangnick felt United should still have tried to sign the striker despite his terrible campaign last season, and the German also felt it was time to transfer Cristiano Ronaldo as well.
Rangnick’s words missed
Before his departure, while speaking after a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, Rangnick asked United to sign up to 10 new players.
“There will be a rebuild for sure, but that doesn’t help us when we still have five games to go,” he said.
“If you analyze the situation, it is not difficult to analyze.
“For me it is clear that there will be six, seven, eight, maybe ten new players. Before signing these players, you need to be aware of how you want to play.”
However, his words went unheard-when they really should have been given as they are already in crisis, just one game in the new season.