Former RB Leipzig and Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick has already highlighted the importance of getting transfer deals bang on the money, in terms of both arrivals and departures, amid reports that he is interested in taking over at Manchester United.
The 63-year-old, who currently works at Russian giants Lokomotiv Moscow as their Head of Sports and Development, is reportedly interested in becoming United’s next manager, should they decide to bring the curtain down on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign in charge.
Solskjaer is under enormous pressure at United following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in the derby and a growing number of supporters are calling for the club to make a change.
Considering United had no intention of sacking the Norwegian up until the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool a fortnight ago, it remains unlikely that they will make a change of manager now.
Nevertheless, according to reports in Germany, experienced coach Rangnick has been heavily linked with a role at Old Trafford.
Interestingly, just over two years ago, the former Leipzig chief provided his verdict on where United had been faltering since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, pointing to failures in the transfer market.
Rangnick, speaking back in August 2019, told The Times : “Since Sir Alex left they were underperforming. They haven’t won the title since he left. At any club, if you cannot get the right players, then you should at least not sign the wrong ones.
“You are in trouble if you do that in one or two or three consecutive transfer windows.
“Club building is about building the right squad by transferring the right players away and having more than 50 per cent success rate of bringing in the right players. Then you must have the best possible coaches to develop these players.”
In the eyes of almost everyone connected with United, the transfer business during the summer window was hugely impressive, with the likes of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo all joining the club in big-money deals.
However, their arrivals have failed to spark an upturn in fortunes, raising questions about Solskjaer’s management and the work of his backroom staff, in line with Rangnick’s comments.
Rangnick, who left Leipzig in 2019, is highly-rated in Germany and is considered to have been the man to have influenced the careers of the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann.
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