Ralf Rangnick will be given funds to strengthen his Manchester United squad in January and the German boss is keen to bring RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils confirmed the appointment of Rangnick as interim manager on Monday morning, with the 63-year-old set to be in charge until the end of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was relieved of his duties last weekend following a poor run of form and ex-midfielder Michael Carrick was placed in temporary charge for Tuesday’s Champions League victory over Villarreal and Sunday’s Premier League draw at Chelsea.
Rangnick left his role as head of sports and development at Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow to take up the job at Manchester United and is already planning to bolster his squad at the Theatre of Dreams ahead of the January transfer window.
The manager’s desire to press and play on the front foot is well known and The Times say Rangnick has identified his former player Haidara as a target for United.
Rangnick signed Haidara while he was manager of RB Leipzig and the Mali international is said to have a release clause of £33m written into his contract.
Haidara, 23, is closing in on 100 appearances for Leipzig while he has already earned 24 international caps for Mali.
After spending six months as the Manchester United interim manager, Rangnick will stay at Old Trafford for an additional two years in a consultancy role.
Rangnick said of his appointment: ‘I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season.
‘The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience,” added Rangnick.
‘All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.
‘Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.’
Rangnick joins Manchester United with the Premier League giants just eighth in the table, 12 points behind Chelsea and five points outside the Champions League places.
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