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Ralf Rangnick: Man Utd need 5 or more new players next season

Jamie Spencer
Ralf Rangnick has given an honest assessment of Man Utd's summer transfer needs
Ralf Rangnick has given an honest assessment of Man Utd's summer transfer needs / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has admitted that four new signings is ‘not enough’ ahead of next season, insisting that all outfield areas of the squad need improving.

Rangnick will lead the team until the end of the season, at which point he will step aside for a new permanent manager – set to be current Ajax boss Erik ten Hag – and move into a previously agreed consultancy role for the next two years.

Despite a change in manager following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, United have continued to struggle – the team has failed to win eight of 14 Premier League games this calendar year and exited the FA Cup and Champions League in disappointing circumstances.

The summer transfer window is crying out for another rebuild, regardless of whether the current squad is successful in limping over the line in the top four race or not.

“I think apart from the goalkeeping, we need to make sure that we improve the squad in all areas. To bring in players who really help the team to get better,” Rangnick told Sky Sports.

“It's about the profile. What kind of players do we need in order to play whichever kind of football we want to play?"

The German coach, who has overseen the building process at Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg in the last 15 years, has revealed he has already recommended some players to the club’s recruitment department independent of his successor.

“There might be a couple of players - and I have already named those players to the board - that independent from formation, from style of football, and independent from a new manager, that could be of interest for a club like United,” Rangnick continued.

“But in general, if you look at the size of the way the team needs to be rebuilt, I mean, it's not enough to bring in three or four new players. It will be more, bearing in mind how many players will no longer be here with the contracts running out.”

Nemanja Matic has already confirmed he will be leaving United at the end of the season, while Edinson Cavani is also set to go and Paul Pogba is increasingly likely to be released as a free agent – he is aware of the contract on offer from the club but is yet to make a decision on his future.

Listen now to 90min's brand new podcast, Talking Transfers, with Scott Saunders &Graeme Bailey. On this week's show Sean Walsh joins the panel to talk Christian Eriksen, while there's also discussion on Man Utd's interest in Darwin Nunez. Subscribe on all your major podcast stores.

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