Football insider Fabrizio Romano has been speaking on The United Stand YouTube channel to discuss Manchester United’s plans for the January transfer window under Ralf Rangnick.
The 63-year-old German was confirmed as the new man to take over in the dugout at Old Trafford following the recent sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Will Rangnick lead United to a top four finish?
Rangnick will take over from Michael Carrick until the end of the campaign, which will then see the Red Devils look to appoint their long-term successor at The Theatre of Dreams.
Within just a matter of weeks under his belt at United, Rangnick will be hit with the January transfer window, which will give United the opportunity to bolster their side for the run-in to strengthen their top-four hopes.
However, speaking on what Rangnick is expecting for the January window, Romano had the following to say on what he has heard from sources close to the German.
“From what I’m told, they don’t have the expectation of big names joining United in January – maybe if they will have some opportunity.
“So I think the real focus for Ralf Rangnick will be on the pitch, will be on changing this situation to get results, to plan for the future together with the club.
‘But I don’t have the expectation of big names, also because from what I’m told from people close to Rangnick, he knows that this team is fantastic. I still think, too, that this squad is incredible.
“They just need to find the right way to approach in training, in official games, of course, but they need to change this kind of approach. They need to use the players they have because we saw what happened with Donny van de Beek when he was on the pitch [against] Watford – he was amazing.”
TIF Thoughts on United’s squad…
When you look at some of the names in the United squad and the additions they made over the course of the summer in Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, there is no reason they should have to sign any more big names in January.
Of course, most teams and fanbases would never turn down the opportunity to strengthen their side in the transfer market, however, we feel with the tools Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had at his disposal, the Red Devils were severely underperforming.
When you have a legend of the game like Ronaldo in your side and a blend of experience and young talent like United do, we really feel they should be sitting higher than eighth spot in the table.
So when it comes to the January window, we do not think United need wholesale changes, but should rather focus their attention on getting the best out of what they already have.