Fabrizio Romano has hinted that Manchester United will not be going with Ralf Rangnick as their permanent manager
The German manager joined the club earlier in the season following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking. He took over as an interim manager until the end of the season before transcending to an advisory role at Old Trafford.
Despite it appearing to be a temporary gig, there were claims earlier this year that hinted at Rangnick seeking the full-time role ahead of the 2022-23 season. If Romano’s comments are anything to go by, the chances of Rangnick doing so appear remote.
The Red Devils endured a forgettable January transfer window. Not only did they fail to bring in any reinforcements but also loaned out Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek. Add to it Mason Greenwood’s unsavoury developments and the club find themselves in a weaker position than they were in last summer.
Romano goes on to add that Man United could have landed three players- Julian Alvarez, Denis Zakaria and Boubacar Kamara. Ultimately, neither of them arrived at Old Trafford. The Red Devils were never interested in signing a striker in January and this saw Manchester City gazump us to land Alvarez for themselves.
Given our struggles in midfield, it comes as no surprise that Zakaria and Kamara were linked. Man United’s lack of effort saw Juventus swoop in and land the former while the latter was offered to the Red Devils, only for them to decline it.
Romano admits that the club had no intention to bring in anyone in January and will instead focus on the summer when they have already appointed a full-time manager. It could hint at the new man pulling the shots or dictating the course the club will take in the transfer window.
While it remains unclear as to who will take over at Old Trafford, one could assume that it will not be Rangnick. After all, it makes little sense to not give the 63-year-old the transfers he wants unless it will not be his team in a few months. But then surely, why plan to hire the German as a consultant if his ideas on recruitment aren’t considered worthy.
Romano also went on to add that the club did not put in a bid for Ousmane Dembele. The Frenchman is potentially available for a free next summer and it remains to be seen if we will take a punt. The Italian journalist has also dismissed rumours of Edinson Cavani moving to River Plate.
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Whether Manchester United have a succession plan in place and whether their actions are in line with it remains to be seen. After all, there are only so many times that you can get away with poor planning and execution.
Whoever we appoint in the summer must be capable enough of restoring our glory. It is perhaps a good thing to back our next manager, whoever that may be, in the upcoming transfer window. But whether that is being used as an excuse for our inactivity in the January transfer window when it comes to incomings is anyone’s guess.