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Rangnick’s response to £100m Man Utd budget as he namechecks four players

It’s been claimed Ralf Rangnick is set to be given £100m to play with in the January transfer window to add quality reinforcements as his reign at Manchester United gets underway

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Rangnick ‘couldn’t possibly turn down’ Man Utd role

Ralf Ragnick has played down the possibility of an influx of January additions at Manchester United amid reports he will be given a £100million budget in the upcoming transfer window.

The German boss was officially unveiled as United’s new interim boss on Friday as he spoke to the media for the first time.

Rangnick will be in the dugout against Crystal Palace on Sunday as his Old Trafford reign gets underway.

It’s been claimed the 63-year-old is set to be given £100m to play with to add quality reinforcements next month.

But the former RB Leipzig boss poured cold water over a significant splurge in January as the winter period is notoriously hard to do business in.

Ralf Rangnick is officially unveiled as Manchester United boss
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He said: “We haven’t spoken about new players, it’s not the time to think about new players. We have to get to know the players we have currently: the squad is definitely not too small.

“Maybe after Christmas, there will be a time to talk about possible transfers in the winter. In my experience, winter is not the time for sustainable transfers. It will be difficult in the winter.”

But Rangnick’s assessment of United’s performance against Arsenal in the 3-2 win suggests otherwise as he expressed concern at his side’s struggles in defence, which have plagued them all season, as well as their lack of balance across the pitch.

He added: “Yesterday we conceded two goals, we needed to score three. That was too much. Those are not the kind of games you need every day. I want to gain control of games.

“The major target for me is to bring more balance into the team. We conceded two [against Arsenal], needed three to win the game. It’s just too much per game. My approach is to bring more balance, more control to the game.”

Will he bring that balance by bringing new faces to the club? Time will tell, but reports suggest he will be given £100m to spend in January.

It’s claimed that Rangnick has compiled a four-man shortlist as he targets a reunion with Leipzig pair Amadou Haidara and Christopher Nkunku.

Amadou Haidara and Christopher Nkunku are reported Manchester United targets
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Timo Werner, who made his name under Rangnick in Germany, has also been mentioned as his struggles at Chelsea continue.

Erling Haaland is the final player Rangnick will target, but not until the summer as his £63million release clause can be triggered then.

It’s claimed that Old Trafford chiefs hope the arrival of the new manager will give them the edge in the race for the Borussia Dortmund striker as Manchester City and Real Madrid provide stiff competition.

Rangnick has a close relationship with Haaland’s father, former Leeds and Man City midfielder Alf-Inge.

The former RB Leipzig boss was also sporting director at RB Salzburg when Haaland came to prominence before he was sold to Dortmund for £18m at the start of 2020.

Timo Werner and Ralf Rangnick played together at RB Leipzig

A report stated earlier this week that Rangnick has a clause in his contract that means he will earn a £10m bonus if the Red Devils manage to secure his services.

But the German head coach laughed off that suggestion at his first press conference namechecking the likes of Kylian Mbappe.

He said: “£10m for Haaland, £10m for Kylian Mbappé, £10m for Lewandowski, and £10m for Joshua Kimmich… Obviously, it’s nonsense. There’s no clause in my contract.

“I know what kind of player he [ Erling Haaland ] is — the whole world has realised how good the player is. The offensive players we have here, we have so many top players in the offensive department that we don’t need to speak about any other player.”

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