Haidara makes first appearance since Ralf Rangnick United appointment

RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara has been linked with a move to Manchester United ever since his former manager Ralf Rangnick was appointed interim manager.

Several Leipzig players have been linked with a move to Manchester since the 63-year-old arrived at Old Trafford.

None more so than midfielder Haidara [The Times], who was brought to RB Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg by Rangnick in 2019, who reportedly has a £33million release clause in his contract.

However, Leipzig’s chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has recently told fans that he is hoping to find a way to remove Haidara’s release clause.

Haidara told BILD in 2019 that he “dreams” of playing at the Theatre of Dreams one day, but it seems Mintzlaff is willing to do everything in his power to retain the club’s star box-to-box midfielder.

Manchester United transfer target Amadou Haidara back in action

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Prior to yesterday’s home clash against Arminia Bielefeld, the Malian international had missed Leipzig’s last four matches.

But the 24-year-old came off the bench to play the last 25 minutes of his side’s 2-0 defeat at the Red Bull Arena.

It was the midfielder’s first appearance since Rangnick was appointed the new Manchester United manager.

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Leipzig’s defeat against the 17th-placed Bundesliga side was their fourth loss in six league matches.

The German giants who didn’t qualify for the Champions League last-16 are currently 10th in Bundesliga and a massive 21 points behind the league leaders Bayern Munich.

German football now embarks on a winter break and Haidara’s Leipzig don’t play until 8 January.

With the winter transfer window opening on New Year’s Day and uncertainty surrounding whether the African Cup of Nations will go ahead, Haidara could have played his last RB Leipzig match especially if Rangnick’s United choose to activate his release clause, in the first week of the window.

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