Ralf Rangnick has called on Manchester United to focus their efforts on signing young players ahead of his first transfer window in charge.
The 63-year-old started working as the club’s interim manager this week and he will be in charge during the January transfer window, although Rangnick has admitted that it is difficult for elite clubs to do of business in the middle of the season.
Rangnick comes to United has only held coaching positions for less than two years in the past decade, but he has been praised for his work at the executive level within the Red Bull club network, where his skills in recruiting were vital.
His goal for RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig has been to find younger players to sign, but United’s priorities for immediate success are different and last summer they signed a 28-year-old to Raphael Varane as well. than bringing 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.
Rangnick can understand the reasoning behind signing established players and is happy to strike a balance, but he explained that his own preference is to sign younger players, something he may have an influence on in January and beyond. given his two-year consultancy role which is also part of the deal.
âOne does not exclude the other. The team counts, with Mason and Marcus, two local players and coming from the ranks of the young people â, declared Rangnick.
“It’s about recruiting but also in a club like Man United, with a top academy, we have to make sure that every year we have one or two players who are good enough to make the first team.
âOn the other hand, with players signing for transfer fees, it’s all about what you want.
âIf you pay a lot of money for a 30 year old man and he’s still good enough to make you successful, I don’t mind.
âBut you have to be aware that the money you invest is only invested in potential success over the next two or three years, you won’t get any return.
“This is where I always think it always makes more sense to sign a player at 21 or 22 and if you then have to pay a significant fee then you at least have the chance to develop him into a player who is still worth it more.”
Rangnick’s focus on youngsters led him to try to sign Jadon Sancho for RB Leipzig when he was 17 at Manchester City.
He met Sancho to try to convince him to join the club only for the winger to opt for a move to Borussia Dortmund instead. Now Rangnick will get down to business with the 21-year-old and Sancho is expected to be one of the United players to benefit the most from the new manager’s methods, with his form improving already in recent weeks. .
âI saw Jadon play for England’s Under-19s in Portugal. At the time, I was there to watch Callum Hudson-Odoi, âRangnick explained.
âBut in this game Jadon was impressive so I watched him the next two games and then decided to try to sign him for Leipzig.
âHe made the decision to join Dortmund and there he developed extremely well.
âIt’s been a tough adjustment for Jadon because the Premier League is so different, so much more difficult with the physique and the pressure of the game – especially at Manchester United.
âFor me, it’s not that unusual that it took a long time.
“But if I look at his development over the past few weeks – even against Arsenal as we were leading 3-2 and he was working very hard to help the team defend the win – then it’s clear that his trajectory is now towards the top. “
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