Rangers manager reacts to apparent Manchester United interest in 24-year-old defender

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst unaware of Manchester United interest in Leon King

Giovanni van Bronckhorst claims he is unaware of clubs eyeing Rangers defender Leon King amidst interest from Manchester United. The 18-year-old is enjoying a breakout season in Scotland.

King has come up through the ranks at Rangers and has become a key member in the 2022/23 campaign for the Dutch manager.

Man United are monitoring King. Other Premier League clubs, such as Leeds United and Newcastle United, are also paying attention to the Scotland U21 international.

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst unaware of Manchester United interest in Leon King
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool is challenged by Leon King of Rangers during a UEFA Champions League match. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Speaking to the media via Glasgow Live, Van Bronckhorst insists he has no idea about the intrigue in King from England. However, the Dutch manager is not surprised about it.

“I haven’t heard from any interest down south. When you are performing well in Scotland you will get interest.”

King made his debut for the Scottish Premiership outfit back in November 2020. The 18-year-old came on to play a 20-minute cameo as Rangers took on Falkirk in the Betfred Cup. The Glasgow-based club won the game 4-0.

However, it is in the current campaign that King has been afforded regular minutes for Rangers. The defender has mostly come on as a substitute. But the 18-year-old did start in the Champions League against Liverpool on 4 October. The Scottish side lost 2-0 against the Premier League club.

Man United currently have several decent options to choose from in the centre-back positions. Currently, Erik ten Hag prefers the pairing of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez. The French and Argentine defenders have been solid at the back for the Red Devils this season.

The former Ajax head coach can also count on Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof. The Sweden international recently played his 200th game for the Old Trafford side against Everton.

However, Maguire and Lindelof have seemingly gone down the pecking order under Ten Hag. And what the future holds for the two in Manchester remains to be seen.

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If Man United do lose any of the options at the back, King is someone who can be brought in to provide cover. The Scotsman is young and has the potential to one day become a quality centre-back.