Former Man United interim manager Ralf Rangnick ‘reveals he wanted to sign Alvaro Morata, Dusan Vlahovic, Christopher Nkunku, Josko Gvardiol, Luis Diaz AND Erling Haaland… but the club refused winter transfers’
- Ralf Rangnick handed Manchester United a star-studded wish list last January
- The German guided United to their worst ever Premier League points tally – 58
- He presented the club with six targets but they ended up making no signings
Ralf Rangnick has revealed the star-studded shopping list that he gave Manchester United in order to reinforce their ailing side last January, only to be denied.
BILD journalist Christian Falk has reported that Rangnick wanted to bolster his side with the likes of Dusan Vlahovic, Luis Diaz and Erling Haaland, only for United to turn down his request.
Rangnick’s Red Devils racked up a club record low 58 points in the 2021-22 campaign, and ultimately failed to bring in any reinforcements over the January window, despite the German manager reportedly identifying several options.
Ralf Rangnick handed Manchester United a star-studded transfer wish list last January
‘There was no such [transfer] dossier, and it was never wanted by the club,’ Rangnick said, speaking to German outlet BILD. ‘But even without such a script, it was clear to everyone that there was a need in many areas.
‘That’s why we were already discussing players like Josko Gvardiol and Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig. Those were names that were realistic.
‘We also talked about Alvaro Morata, Luis Diaz, Dusan Vlahovic and, as I said, Erling Haaland when they were still on the market. But the club decided at that time to rebuild the team under the new coach.’
Erling Haaland was one of a number of forward recruits the German manager had his eye on
With the exception of the Spanish No 9, the other five players all went on to have strong seasons, and would surely have worked wonders in helping the Old Trafford side rescue their prospects.
Croatian defender Gvardiol would have proven a breath of fresh air at the heart of a defence that was characterised by Harry Maguire’s inconsistent and often hopeless displays.
The introduction of Nkunku or Diaz in attacking midfield would have relieved some of the pressure from Bruno Fernandes, and either Vlahovic or Haaland would have bolstered an often misfiring offensive unit.
Dusan Vlahovicn has scored 17 and given three assists in 36 games since signing for Juventus
Luis Diaz has starred for Liverpool as both a scorer and a provider in attack
As it was the club failed to make a single transfer in the window, and ultimately faded away from a Champions League challenge, finishing sixth behind a very erratic Arsenal side in fifth.
The club’s transfers have come under heavy scrutiny in recent seasons, with the club keen to throw their considerable financial weight around in the market, though not always with success.
The club previously held considerable sway in the market, but if what Rangnick claims is true, then it would evidence perhaps a more desperate situation at United, in that they are unwilling to pursue some of the game’s brightest young stars.
However under Rangnick the club signed Cristiano Ronaldo, who went on to top score for the side as their only real bright spark in an otherwise unflattering season.
Rangnick requested a raid on RB Leipzig for Josko Gvardiol (L) and Christopher Nkunku (C)
He also brought in both Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho to bring their overall transfer spend to £127million in the summer of 2021, though Varane was ravaged by injury and Sancho failed to reproduce his best Dortmund form.
After parting ways with United, the 64-year-old was due to stay on at the club in a consultancy role, but the side quickly parted ways with him after the arrival of Erik ten Hag.
He has since taken up the vacant managerial position at the Austrian national set up, where he has overseen six games, losing four and winning only one.
The fourth forward on the star-studded list was Chelsea flop Alvaro Morata from Atletico