MEN Sport understand that an initial six-month contract has been offered to the German to get Manchester United back on track after a poor patch under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, where the Reds seemed under-trained and short of ideas.
A specific player is needed to play Rangnick’s high-energy system, which prioritizes winning the ball and speeding up the transition.
This comes into play in the type of players United will target in the transfer market. The first order of business most fans would like to see addressed is a defensive midfielder.
One name that has been linked with United, with Declan Rice’s £ 100million price tag at West Ham still looking way too high, is RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, who was signed by Rangnick when he was world football manager at the Red Bull group. .
He has played in both the Salzburg and RB Leipzig systems, so he will be fully integrated into Rangnick’s philosophy and, therefore, would fit directly into the camp if signed.
He is said to have a £ 33million release clause in his contract, which would allow United to easily drive the 23-year-old away from the German club.
One player who can show United fans what Haidara could offer in the Premier League is Brighton’s Enock Mwepu and Hove Albion.
Mwepu has been a force on the pitch in his six top-flight appearances for Brighton, providing plenty of dynamism in the midfield during the recent absence of Yves Bissouma.
Rangnick’s system relies heavily on pressure on your opponent when they have the ball and Mwepu does it well, registering 22.65 pressures per 90 minutes played. Haidara follows him at 19.67, but they are both considerably better than current United player Scott McTominay, who registered just 14.73 heading into Sunday’s game at Chelsea.
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Mwepu leads most midfielders in Europe with 3.92 tackles per 90 minutes and Haidara is behind him again with 2.5 tackles per 90.
Yet Rangnick’s game plan isn’t just about pushing; it’s about getting the ball up the field quickly. In this regard, Haidara excels.
The Malian international has a high number of progressive passes for 90 to 5.88. A progressive pass is a pass to the opposing goal that covers more than 10 meters, in keeping with Rangnick’s philosophy of “no square pass in midfield”.
He also gets involved in the attack, registering 2.86 hit creation actions. It may put him more in the mold of a box-to-box midfielder like Fred, but Rangnick has shown that he can make it work as long as players fully understand his system.
Rangnick’s expected arrival means we’ll likely see names that don’t seem like typical United targets at first glance.
Overall, for his system to work, he will need rookies who now understand his playstyle, which will heavily influence transfer deals.
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