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With it finally announced Monday morning that Ralf Rangnick will take charge of Manchester United until the end of the season, the former RB Leipzig boss will know he has a good job on hand.
Although the Reds could have managed to snatch a 1-1 draw away to Chelsea last weekend, United are still in what appears to be an uphill battle to secure another top-4 spot.
Rangnick has now collected just a single Premier League win from their last eight outings, and Rangnick will also have to deal with the future of a number of United’s big name stars.
Along with Paul Pogba’s contract still ticking away, we’ve taken a look at a handful of players who could be looking for the Old Trafford exit in January.
Just 15 months ago, many fans around Old Trafford would have expected Dean Henderson to really cement his place as Manchester United’s goalkeeper.
But having to watch from the bench, as David de Gea has been one of United’s only positives this season, it now appears that the 24-year-old may have aimed to secure a move away when January transfer window reopens.
Henderson has largely failed to build on what was an excellent time with Sheffield United during his two-year loan spell, and has also lost his place in Gareth Southgate’s English squad.
Potentially seeking to revive his career elsewhere before the window slams, The Telegraph reported last weekend that Rangnick could already be looking to move Henderson further.
Donny van de Beek
Along with the ongoing negotiations over Pogba’s current deal, which ends next summer, the World Cup winner is not the only Manchester United midfielder to question his future.
While Donny van de Beek could have moved to England last year tipped as one of Europe’s best young stars, the Dutch national team player is still in the middle of what has become a Premier League nightmare.
Still, to start a single top game since the opening of the 2021/22 campaign, Van de Beek almost became United’s forgotten man while working under the now former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
But while the former Ajax star may welcome the arrival of Rangnick, The Telegraph’s report also suggests that the 24-year-old may be another big name that the German looks set to move on with in January.
While Jesse Lingard may have appeared briefly in Sunday’s 1-1 draw away to Chelsea, all indications are that the English national team player is on his way to the Old Trafford exit in January.
Once again, it fails to break into Solskjær’s starting XI, United’s academy graduates have yet to start a single Premier League match so far this season in the midst of genuine frustration.
When Sky Sports reported last month that Lingard has no interest in signing a new deal in Manchester, United could look to make money on a player who is soon entering the final six months of his current contract.
With nine goals during a wonderful tenure at West Ham last season, The Daily Mail has reported that people like AC Milan, Everton and Hammers are all eager to sign a deal in January.
With just nine appearances across all tournaments this season, Anthony Martial is yet another Manchester United ace who has once again struggled to hold a spot.
Divided opinions at Old Trafford, since arriving from Monaco in a £ 36m deal back in 2015, a report by Spanish businessman Mundo Deportivo on Monday suggested the French striker is on Barcelona’s radar.
While the Spanish giants may be dealing with some public economic issues in Catalonia, Mundo Deportivo’s report even suggests that Xavi’s new side has made an inquiry about the disgruntled 25-year-old.
With rumors that Xavi is an admirer of the 30 national team player, the former Spanish champions may be looking to sign a loan deal with a commitment to buy when the window reopens in a month.