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It may not have been a thrilling start to his spell as Red Devils manager, but Rangnick has picked up three wins and a draw from his four Premier League games in charge, so there can be few complaints over the results, other than the turgid draw at Newcastle.
The German is implementing his unusual 4-2-2-2 system, which appears to be getting across to the players after their best performance yet under him on Thursday as they beat Burnley 3-1.
It was still far from perfect but Rangnick is working hard with the current players and that remains his focus rather than the transfer market.
Given the already impressive depth of the United squad, a January deal will only be worth doing if it will improve the quality of the first team, which seems unlikely in the notoriously tricky winter market.
‘My focus is on the current players,’ Rangnick said on Amazon Prime. ‘We have enough players in the squad, there is no lack of players.
‘Transfer in the winter only make sense if they help you and really help the quality. So far we haven’t spoken about that. My focus has been on the current squad.’
It seems likely that there would be more outgoings than incomings in January at Old Trafford, with a number of players unhappy with their lack of game time this season.
Anthony Martial wants to leave, as do the likes of Dean Henderson and Jesse Lingard, while Paul Pogba’s situation is still unresolved with his contract expiring in the summer.
One player that could arrive at Old Trafford in January is Amadou Haidara, who has been heavily linked with a move since Rangnick’s appointment.
The 23-year-old midfielder was brought to current club RB Leipzig by Rangnick in 2019 and is a United fan, so the connection is an obvious one to make.
The Mali international is available for £32m given the release clause in his contract.
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Source: Metro Sport