The new Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has a lengthy list of contacts from his former clubs which he could use to his advantage during his Old Trafford tenure
United will be without the 63-year-old in the Old Trafford dug-out for Thursday night’s visit of Arsenal, before he is eventually handed the reins when Crystal Palace come to town just three days later.
The January transfer window is right around the corner and United’s hierarchy are seemingly prepared to let Rangnick conduct the club’s business dealings despite the fact he is unlikely to be manager of the club beyond May.
With that being said, here is Mirror Sport’s Manchester United transfer round-up for Thursday, December 2.
United’s Haaland move
It would be a transfer that shakes European football to its core, but given Rangnick enjoys a good relationship with Erling Haaland’s father Alf-Inge, United fans may start to dream of a move for the prolific striker.
The new United interim boss has previous with the Norway striker from their shared time at RB Salzburg and is clearly keen on having Haaland lead the line at Old Trafford.
German outlet BILD report that with Edinson Cavani likely to leave come the end of this season and Cristiano Ronaldo entering the twilight of his playing days, Haaland is very much seen as the future.
At just 21 years of age, the Borussia Dortmund star has a lengthy list of potential suitors, but Rangnick’s relations with the Haaland family alongside United’s £100m war-chest ensure there is a chance United bag another marquee signing.
Rangnick interested in reunion with Werner
Rangnick transformed the fortunes of German outfit RB Leipzig during his time as manager across two separate spells, taking them from average side to Bundesliga title hopefuls.
During his time there, Rangnick displayed the kind of eye for talent that has made him a man in-demand across his career – spotting the likes of Timo Werner and Joshua Kimmich.
While the latter is happy at giants Bayern Munich, the former is currently also in the Premier League, struggling under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.
However, according to the Daily Mail, Rangnick is interested in reuniting with the German international at Old Trafford, prying him away from Stamford Bridge in the process.
Werner may view playing under Rangnick once again as a chance to revive his faltering career, while the United manager’s friendship with Blues boss Tuchel could make brokering the potential deal easier.
Pogba contract saga takes another twist
For months it has appeared France international Paul Pogba was on his way out of United once his current contract expires at the end of the season.
However, the recent sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have changed things, as per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
Speaking on The United Stand YouTube channel, he explained: “Bringing Rangnick is going to help also to have some clarity for the player and also Man United’s side on this story, because having Ole always on the brink of being fired was a problem.”
Pogba has shown no sign of penning an extension, but with a more widely respected manager at the helm he could be tempted to prolong his stay.
A divisive figure, the midfielder has previously made comments about potentially playing for a number of other clubs, but with a distinct lack of interest from the likes of Real Madrid and former side Juventus; Pogba could be swayed into sticking around.