Ralf Rangnick has refused to take calls from a fan after being asked to make Erling Haaland one of three signings for Manchester United this summer.
The incident happened as the caretaker manager signed autographs outside Old Trafford after Saturday’s goalless draw with Watford in the Premier League.
United are among a number of European giants linked with Borussia Dortmund sensation Haaland, who has scored 19 goals in just 17 games this season.
The prolific 21-year-old is said to be available for just £63m this summer due to a clause in his contract, making him a hugely attractive prospect for suitors.
The frustrating stalemate with relegation-threatened Watford showed the Red Devils’ attacking shortcomings, so Rangnick was perhaps unsurprised that Haaland’s name came up as he left the stadium.
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As the German was filmed signing a United No. 8 shirt in footage shared on social media, a fan asked if Haaland would be one of three ‘big names’ to come through the door this summer.
The other two players mentioned were West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, who have also been linked with big moves to the Red Devils.
Rangnick turned to the supporter with a questioning look and asked: “Who?”, before adding: “What do you dream about at night?!”.
His backlash left the crowd of fans angry as he returned to his autograph duties.
Rangnick is expected to make a significant contribution to United’s transfer deals when he takes on a consultancy role with the club at the end of the season when his tenure as caretaker manager is due to end.
The 63-year-old squad have not been bolstered by new signings in the January transfer window, with the majority of business centered on offloading fringe players.
Striker Anthony Martial and playmaker Donny van de Beek were two of the most prominent names to leave, joining Sevilla and Everton respectively until the end of the season.
It means Martial plays alongside fellow Frenchman Kounde, although neither player is in the squad for Sunday’s 2-1 win over local rivals Real Betis.
Kounde, 23, is also believed to be a target for La Liga rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid, with Chelsea monitoring his situation in January.
Meanwhile, West Ham vice-captain Rice, 23, is believed to be valued at over £100m by his club as he continues to strengthen for the Irons.
The England international made his 33rd appearance of the season on Sunday, helping the Irons to a 1-0 win over Wolves.