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6 players Ralf Rangnick wanted to sign at Manchester United and where they are now

Ralf Rangnick assumed the managerial reins at Manchester United for a six-month tenure following the club’s decision to part ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November 2021, Newspremises understands.

Leading the team until the end of the season, Rangnick secured European football, specifically the UEFA Europa League spot for the subsequent season, before handing over the managerial responsibilities to Erik ten Hag.


Contrary to the initial plan outlined in the official statement upon his appointment, indicating a two-year consultancy role post-managerial stint, Rangnick opted for a different path, accepting the position of the Austria national team manager.

Examining Rangnick’s tenure, Sports Brief delves into the six players he advocated for the club to sign, providing insights into their current whereabouts, as originally analyzed by Planet Football.

Players Rangnick wanted at Manchester United

Christopher Nkunku

The German director worked with Nkunku during their time at RB Leipzig. He recommended him to United, but Chelsea beat them to the France international, securing an agreement a year before the versatile attacker joined. His quality is evident, but injuries have hampered him this season.

Josko Gvardiol

One of the best young defenders at RB Leipzig. Many top European clubs, including United, were after his signature based on recommendations from Rangnick. He signed for Manchester City instead and is gradually settling into life in England.

Alvaro Morata

The striker has a reputation for missing chances and ‘sleeping’ in offside positions. The former Schalke director wanted him to replace the inconsistent Anthony Martial, but it never materialised. He is back with his former club, Atletico Madrid, and is one of Diego Simeone’s most important players.

Luis Diaz

The interim boss wanted the Colombian winger at Old Trafford before Liverpool scooped him. He has been an important player for Jurgen Klopp, though he had injury issues last season.

Dusan Vlahovic

Rangnick first spotted him and wanted him at United before the Serbian forward moved from Fiorentina to Juventus. Rumours linking him with a Premier League move have continued, with Arsenal and Chelsea lurking.

Erling Haaland

The biggest one. The Norwegian was also one of the players Solskjaer wanted the club to sign even before he moved to Borussia Dortmund. City eventually won the race, and he helped them to a treble in his first season.

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