The red devils confirmed the German’s appointment as interim manager last Monday morning. The 63-year-old will be in charge until the end of the season before the club then appoint a new permanent boss and Rangnick goes upstairs.
The former RB Leipzig boss watched from the stands as United beat Arsenal on Thursday night. However, he will be in charge for the first time in Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace.
As for his current squad, the 63-year-old is expected to strengthen in the new year. But we don’t expect him to spend a lot.
And The sun claims that the identity of its first addition will be Haidara. But that is only if United are ready to pay £ 32million next month.
The Leipzig midfielder has a release clause in his current contract which comes into effect this summer. However, it is reported in Metro that his dream is to move to the Premier League, and if United can meet Leipzig’s demands, it could happen six months sooner than expected.
Rangnick knows Haidara well
Rangnick took the dynamic midfielder with him to Leipzig from Salzburg two years ago. And the report claims he has already spoken with the player’s agent, Volker Struth, and a deal is all but done.
However, a barrier remains in the form of the Africa Cup of Nations – with Haidara expected to represent Mali.
United have to decide if they want to sign a player in January who will be missing most of the month due to the tournament and may need a mini-break right after.
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Owen predicts Man Utd flaw will remain
Meanwhile, Michael Owen has predicted exactly what will happen in Manchester United’s opener with Rangnick in charge.
Speaking ahead of the Palace game, Owen told the Daily Mirror: “The main man Cristiano Ronaldo made headlines again with his 800th and 801st career goals in the victory over Arsenal.
“It will be very interesting to see how Ralf Rangnick does as United boss. And also how he manages Ronaldo.
“It’s now two defeats in a row for Palace. They had a few chances against Leeds on Tuesday. But giving up at the last minute must be hard to accept.
“Palace has caused problems for the best teams this season, and I don’t think it will be easy for United. I think they will just have too many, 2-1.
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