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Man United’s Rangnick not looking at transfers


Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has suggested his new side might not make any signings during the January transfer window, despite reports linking the Red Devils with RB Leipzig ace Amadou Haidara.

Rangnick arrived in England this week after finally being granted a work permit and will take charge of his side's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace today, kick-off is at 4pm.

United tasted Premier League victory for just the second time in nine outings on Thursday evening as they dispatched Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils had gone behind in controvers­ial fashion as Emile Smith Rowe struck from the edge of the box while David de Gea lay on the floor with his back to play. VAR indicated that the keeper had gone to ground after contact with his own teammate, Fred, and the goal stood.

Rangnick will now assess his squad ahead of his first game in charge before making a decision on whether he needs to bring in reinforcem­ents in the new year.

The German took Haidara to Leipzig from RB Salzburg at the start of 2019, and the manager is thought to be a big fan of the midfielder.

Haidara is an athletic defensive-minded player, who can bring the ball out from deep and he is a player who could potentiall­y fix United's problem midfield area.

United have also been linked with the likes of Erling Haaland, Timo Werner and Christophe­r Nkunku, but Rangnick insists he hasn't even thought about bringing in new faces yet.

“We haven't spoken about new players,” Rangnick admitted on Friday morning.

“Now is the time to get to know the current squad in detail – the squad is definitely not too small.

“There is enough players. Maybe after Christmas, there will be a time to talk about possible transfers in the winter. In my experience, winter is not the time for sustainabl­e transfers.” –

Other EPL fixtures today: Leeds v Brentford (Elland Road, 4pm); Spurs v Norwich City (Tottenham Stadium, 4pm); Aston Villa v Leicester City (Villa Park, 6.30pm)

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