Four signings not enough for Manchester United this summer, says Rangnick

Manchester United have liked to preach caution in recent transfer windows.

In Jose Mourinho’s final summer in charge, the team bought only three players, one of who was free agent Lee Grant.

The following summer under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club bought just three players, again.

In 2020, United bought three first team players, one of who was a free agent, and two prospects who are both out on loan.

Last summer United bought four players, one of who was free agent Tom Heaton. This is a strategy which is likely to change.

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‘Not enough’

Manchester United need to change this approach this summer, Ralf Rangnick has warned.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the interim manager said there are too many gaps which need filling, and tipped the club to be prolific in the summer window ahead.

He said: “If you look at the size of the way the team needs to be rebuilt, I mean, it’s not enough to bring in three or four new players.

“It will be more, bearing in mind how many players will no longer be here with the contracts running out.”

United are expecting to lose Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic as free agents.

Other players could also be sold, at incoming manager Erik ten Hag’s discretion.

This means, as Rangnick points out, for one summer at least, United have to try a different approach.

There is a line to tread between quality and quantity, and United need to recruit carefully.

Louis van Gaal’s tenure is a reminder quantity of signings does not always work, with various flops signed during his spell in charge.

But we should expect a busy summer, with positions all over the pitch requiring fixing, from striker to defence.

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