Man United ‘didn’t move for ANY of the five transfer targets recommended by Ralf Rangnick’ before leaving Old Trafford, including ‘must buy’ Josko Gvardiol – but two have since been signed by rivals City
- Ralf Rangnick has recommended Manchester United sign five players before he leaves
- The Red Devils haven’t signed any of the German’s suggested transfer targets
- They included Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, who joined Man City instead
- Rangnick has told the club that RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol is a ‘must buy’
- Erik ten Hag’s transfer policy has come under fire with just three signings so far
Ralf Rangnick reportedly told Manchester United to sign five players before leaving Old Trafford, but the club failed to sign any, with two of the German’s recommendations since joining Manchester City instead.
Rangnick offered the Red Devils a move for Erling Haaland, Christopher Nkunku, Konrad Laimer, Julian Alvarez and Josko Gvardiol, the latter of which he called a ‘must buy’, according to the Manchester Evening News.
But United haven’t moved on any of those goals and have instead signed Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez so far this summer, with Adrien Rabiot set to become Erik ten Hag’s fourth transfer window addition.
Ralf Rangnick told Manchester United to sign five players before leaving Old Trafford in May
Erling Haaland was a recommendation and played on Premier League debut for Man City
Julian Alvarez was brought to United’s attention by Rangnick but he also joined City
Rangnick took over as interim United manager in December but endured a miserable spell in charge, winning just 11 of his 29 games.
His proposed two-year consultant role at the end of last season was scrapped as the German left six days after Ten Hag arrived.
Rangnick felt RB Leipzig and Croatia defender Gvardiol, 20, was a ‘must buy’, while Leipzig team-mate Laimer was another one of his recommendations and sparked interest from Bayern Munich this summer.
He also told United to scout Leipzig striker Nkunku, who scored 35 goals and added 20 assists in 52 appearances last season, but the France international has since signed a new contract with the Bundesliga side.
The German recommended United make a move for Leipzig teammates Gvardiol and Nkunku
While it’s appreciated that United’s hopes of signing Haaland have always been dim, Rangnick urged the Old Trafford side to try and get a deal done anyway with Haaland’s £51million release clause. the Norwegian striker becoming active this year.
However, the Red Devils refused to negotiate with Haaland’s late agent Mino Raiola due to previous disputes, while City delegates visited the super agent to strike a deal before his death in April.
Rangnick also brought Alvarez to United’s attention in January but City signed the Argentine for £14m from River Plate – the striker returned to the Argentinian side on loan but scored on his City debut in the Community Shield last month.
Erik ten Hag has so far just signed players who played in the Dutch Eredivisie
The German has never met Ten Hag in person, but is said to have spoken extensively on the phone before he left, with Rangnick now in charge of Austria.
The recommended signings revelations come at a time when United have been widely ridiculed for their transfer activity this summer.
The three signings of Malacia, Eriksen and Martinez have all played in the Eredivisie, while United saw a bid rejected for Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic, who played under Ten Hag and assistant manager Steve McClaren in the Dutch league at FC Twente.
The long-running transfer saga with former Ajax star Frenkie de Jong has only added to the frustrations, with the imminent signing of Adrien Rabiot an exception to the strategy.
Rangnick said last season the United squad needed open-heart surgery and 10 new signings were needed.
He also revealed he was stopped from signing a striker in January at the last moment after Mason Greenwood was arrested and was not considered for selection.
Lisandro Martinez is one of three signings for United but suffered a torrid Premier League debut
Manchester United ‘have not signed any of Ralf Rangnick’s five transfer targets’, including Haaland