Ralf Rangnick reportedly urged Manchester United to sign Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez last season, but ultimately saw his suggestions dismissed by the club’s board. United’s loss has proven to be Manchester City’s gain, with the forward pair having each hit the bottom running with the Premier League champions.
Having been appointed on an interim basis following the November sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Rangnick was offered the chance to step up right into a consultancy role at the tip of the campaign once he had steadied the Red Devils’ ship. Nevertheless, neither of those two plans ever did materialise.
United struggled to a greater extent under the Austrian, who appeared to seek out himself constantly undermined by the club throughout his tenure. With a everlasting recent manager on the way in which at the tip of the season, Rangnick was denied the chance to assist drag the 20-time English champions out of the mire, as United shelved plans to amass any recent signings until the summer.
It now appears the Red Devils’ refusal to tackle board Rangnick’s recommendations have proven costly. In response to Manchester Evening News, the 64-year-old strongly encouraged United to enter negotiations for Haaland despite acknowledging that the club’s probabilities of capturing the in-demand Borussia Dortmund hitman were slim.
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Unsurprisingly, United and Rangnick parted ways shortly after Erik ten Hag’s arrival, before then backing the Dutchman to the hilt. A record transfer window spend in excess of £225m has since seen six recent faces join, nevertheless it stays to be seen whether the array of recent talent at Old Trafford will help United rediscover their winning touch.
As for Haaland and Alvarez, the pair have slotted seamlessly into Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering City side. Haaland has already hit nine goals in five Premier League games this term, while Alvarez has a hit-rate of two in 4. As has often been the case regarding their transfer policy lately, United have once more been left wondering what may need been.