Ralf Rangnick has admitted signing four new players is “not enough” for Manchester United this summer, as he looks to help oversee the club’s rebuild.
United’s squad is in dire need of an overhaul after a tumultuous season at Old Trafford in which the club went from prospective title challengers, to outside bets for a top four spot. Rangnick took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mid-season on an interim basis until the summer, with Ajax’s Erik ten Hag expected to get the job long-term.
In a wide-ranging interview with Sky Sports Rangnick has explained just how much United need to rebuild in the coming transfer window, while revealing he’s recommended “a couple” of players to the club already. He also denied the suggestion that the noise around the new manager situation has been a factor in United’s fluctuating form.
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“I don’t think so, no,” Rangnick said. “The players have to give their very best no matter who the next manager will be, and if he’s announced in one or two or three weeks, I don’t think that this affects the current situation we’re in.
“But yes, of course it’s important to know who will be the new manager, because to start the recruitment process, to find the best possible players only makes sense if you know who will be the manager and how does he want to play.
“There might be a couple of players — and I have already named those players to the board — that independent from formation, from style of football, and independent from a new manager, that could be of interest for a club like United. But in general, if you look at the size of the way the team needs to be rebuilt, I mean, it’s not enough to bring in three or four new players. the contracts running out.”
Rangnick admitted almost every area of the current United squad needs bolstering. Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani are all set to leave on free transfers when their contracts expire at the end of June. Nemanja Matic has also informed the club he will be leaving, with Lee Grant another set to depart.
On strengthening the squad, Rangnick added: “Yes, I think apart from the goalkeeping, we need to make sure that we improve the squad in all areas. To bring in players who really help the team to get better — again, it’s about the profile.What kind of players do we need in order to play whichever kind of football we want to play?”
Rangnick even hinted that United might consider their goalkeeping situation, despite David de Gea’s good form this season. The Spaniard is a near certainty to become the club’s player of the year for his efforts in 2021/22.
“It hasn’t been an issue this season actually, but again, this is also something that needs to be taken into consideration when you know who your manager is,” Rangnick said. “I mean, for me, David has been outstanding since I arrived. But if you look into Manchester City and Liverpool and how they’ve invested in goalkeepers… but again, this is an issue we can only speak about when we know who will be the new manager and how does he want to play.”