Ralf Rangnick looks set to become Manchester United’s interim manager until the end of the season and then he will take up a two-year consultancy role at the club, according to the Athletic.
The German coach, who is currently head of sports and development at Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow, has had a huge influence on the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann.
The 63-year-old, who is known for his high pressing and intense style of attacking football, could help reignite a Manchester United squad packed with individual talent, that had more than stagnated under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
As well as being a sporting director for RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig, Rangnick, who managed Schalke when they played against Manchester United in the Champions League semi-finals in 2011, also managed Leipzig for nearly 90 matches (Transfermarkt).
Here we take a look at three Leipzig players that Rangnick could try and lure to Old Trafford….
Signed in the summer of 2019 from French giants Paris Saint Germain for £11.7m when Rangnick was sporting director, Nkunku has become one of Europe’s most formidable attacking players.
The 24-year-old has an astonishing 13 goals and eight assists to his name from 19 games already this season.
It seems just a matter of time before Didier Deschamps hands Nkunku his Les Bleus senior debut.
In 103 matches for the Bundesliga giants, he has 25 goals and 35 assists, which is a very impressive return.
Only Sebastian Haller and Robert Lewandowski (both 9) have scored more than Nkunku (7) in the Champions League, so far this season.
If Rangnick struggles to get a tune out of Anthony Martial, the influential German coach could advise the club’s next permanent manager to pursue Nkunku.
Rangnick brought the Malian international with him to Leipzig from Salzburg in January 2019.
With Manchester United’s need for another central midfielder well-documented, Haidara’s ability to press and be aggressive in and out of possession could make him a potential option for Rangnick.
Haidara scored against us last season to put Leipzig 2-0 up, in a match that saw our Champions League last-16 hopes evaporate.
The 23-year-old has played 99 games for Leipzig and has 10 goals and six assists to his name.
The Swedish international was signed by Leipzig, under Rangnick’s stewardship for just £3.33m from Malmo in January 2015.
Since then, the 30-year-old has established himself as one of the best attacking midfielder’s in Europe.
With contract uncertainty surrounding Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, Rangnick could explore a reunion with one of his former assets/
In 233 games for Leipzig, Forsberg has 53 goals and 57 assists to his name.
His best campaign came in 2016/17 where from 30 Bundesliga matches, he scored eight goals but registered an astonishing 22 assists.
So far this season, Forsberg has six goals and an assist to his name, which included a midweek brace in the Champions League at Club Brugge.
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