Ralf Rangnick makes his call on five Manchester United players ahead of January
According to The Mirror, Ralf Rangnick has made a transfer decision on the future of five Manchester United players ahead of the January transfer window. He believes the current squad is too big and needs to be thinned before reinforcements can be brought in.
Phil Jones has been tagged as dispensable and could leave the club in the winter transfer window. He is also joined by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard who, have been deemed unnecessary by the German coach but would only be allowed to leave for a specific price tag.
Man United are seeking around £20million for Lingard in January, which could kill interest from any club since he would be available as a free agent at the end of the season. The Red Devils, meanwhile, have put a valuation of £30million for Martial, which would possibly diminish the chances of him departing anytime soon.
Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek have struggled to earn game time this campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, the 63-year-old boss wants them to be in the squad moving forward, but Henderson is keen to leave Old Trafford on loan in search of more minutes.
Overhaul in the works?
We could be seeing the very first changes to the team under the interim manager in the winter transfer window. And looking at the stances taken by him and the club, they are understandable to an extent, but some of them do not make sense. Jones’ time is up for sure, and it was the right decision to take surrounding his future.
The same can be said for the forward duo, but the asking prices are puzzling as it is unlikely that someone would pay that much for fringe players. With the 29-year-old, a case can be made using his impressive showing at West Ham United last season. But the Frenchman is a whole different matter, and we need to reconsider the price tag if we are serious about moving him on.
Van de Beek and Henderson offer quality in our depth but would need to be provided with more minutes to keep their morale up. The 4-2-2-2 system currently used would give the former Ajax man more game time, especially when Paul Pogba is injured.
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Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho are used as the number tens, and the Dutchman could receive more minutes due to the congested fixtures in the rest of the season. It is much harder for the Red Devils keeper as rotations are minimal in his role, and we would need to keep tabs on how his situation would turn out.