Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick issues January transfer warning

Manchester|December 03, 2021

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New interim manager Rangnick was present for United's 3-2 Premier League win over Arsenal on Thursday night and will take charge for the first time against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Rangnick is renowned for his recruitment at former club RB Leipzig and was linked with the United football director role prior to John Murtough's appointment in March.

United have a large squad and Daniel James was their only permanent sale in the summer and they are three points off the final Champions League qualifying place.

Rangnick said United could discuss potential incomings after Christmas but cautioned the winter window was not an ideal time for 'sustainable' signings.

"We haven't spoken about new players and it's not the time to speak about new players," Rangnick stressed. "It's the time to get to know the current squad in detail. This is the major focus for the next couple of weeks, to get to know the players that we have currently.

"The squad is definitely not too small, there are enough players in the squad. Maybe at Christmas or after Christmas, there will be a possible time to speak about possible transfers in the winter.

"In my experience, winter is not the best possible time for sustainable transfers and, with this quality of players we have here, it would in theory only make sense if you can get players who can almost guarantee you more quality.

"As I said from experience, this will be difficult in the winter."

United have won only two of their last nine league games but qualified for the Champions League knockout stage as Group F winners with a game to spare.

Finishing fourth now appears to be United's domestic objective, as they are 10 points behind third-placed Liverpool and only two points separate them, leaders Chelsea and Manchester City in second.

"Its definitely good enough to compete in the top four," Rangnick stressed. "If you look at the top three teams currently, they seem to be very stable and have top coaches, probably some of the best coaches in the world.

"And if you see how they play and how they win games in style, controlling the games, this is something we have to develop. When Jurgen came to Liverpool and the squad he inherited at the time was definitely not a better squad than the one I inherit here now at United."

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