Rangnick should recall United loan midfield trio for snap assessment

It is looking less and less likely as they days go by that Manchester United will make a new midfield signing this month.

United’s need for a new midfielder is well-documented, and this would be a great time to sign a new player, to capitalise on the last two wins and further strengthen the team’s top four chances.

But if new players are not coming in, then United have two options. One is simply to do nothing. To be fair, this looks like United’s most likely course of action.

The second option is to recall one of the talent trio of loan midfielders currently out impressing in England and Scotland.

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Recall for snap assessment

Rangnick has worked wonders with Anthony Elanga, showing faith in the young winger and making him a part of his starting XI in the last three Premier League games. Elanga was nearly out the door on loan before Rangnick came in.

United have three talented midfielders, each of who have different qualities, who Rangnick might decide he can work with during the second half of the season.

James Garner, Dylan Levitt and Ethan Galbraith are all showing their credentials at present out on loan, and it’s very possible one them has a skillset Rangnick appreciates and would like to work with in a similar way to Elanga, strengthening United’s weakest position.

James Garner: England under-21 international Garner has been one of the key players behind Nottingham Forest’s recent revival. His performance at the weekend was rated a 9/10 by the local press, and he is the most polished of United’s three options. Garner can contribute well in both attacking and defensive phases of the game and has ability from set pieces United may need.

Dylan Levitt: Wales international Dylan Levitt scored the winner on loan for Dundee United at the weekend. He is yet to add to his one first team appearance from 2019. Levitt is a good passer, one who has ability to help control games, a trait Ralf Rangnick is desperate for his teams to impose. His manager this weekend praised his technical ability and backed him to reach the ‘very top’.

Ethan Galbraith: Northern Ireland international Galbraith has become a fan favourite in a struggling Doncaster side, and BBC Sport reported Championship sides have shown an interest in him. Galbraith is a good passer of the ball, with three assists this season, and is technically a better fit for the defensive midfielder role than either Levitt or Garner, who each like to push forward.

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Bring them back to take a look

Clubs have a two week break due to international qualifiers, and this would be the perfect time for each of the players to head back to Carrington for a couple of days to work with Rangnick and his coaches.

If little else, it would provide all three players a chance to get to know the manager, and vice versa, allowing him to impart some advice to the next boss, during his time as consultant from this summer onwards.

There are Championship and League One games ongoing this week so it is not quite so straightforward from a scheduling perspective, but United could find a way to make it work.

For all three players it would be a good experience to have a couple of days coaching with Rangnick and his staff before heading off on loan again. If they are not up to the standard the boss wants, he can at least give them some pointers on how to get there.

In the case Rangnick took a particular liking to any of them, United could activate a recall clause and bring them back into the first team squad for the rest of the season.

From United’s perspective there is little to lose, and everything to gain. Why not give Rangnick the opportunity to see and decide first hand if one of these talented midfielders can help him out between now and May?

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