Report: Man Utd identify first signing if Ralf Rangnick is appointed manager

Manchester United are closing in on appointing Ralf Rangnick to be interim manager for the remainder of the season and the Mirror say he’s already lined up his first potential signing – Amadou Haidara.

The Red Devils aren’t short of midfielders with Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Donny van der Beek, Fred and Bruno Fernandes at their disposal, but Haidara looks a talented box-to-box player who could improve the side.

The 23-year-old joined RB Leipzig from RB Salzburg in January 2019 after being signed by Rangnick himself and has gone on to make 99 appearances in all competitions, scoring 10 goals with six assists.

Haidara has made 11 Bundesliga appearances this season, making 12 tackles, nine interceptions, blocking 20 shots/crosses/passes, making 13/17 successful dribbles, winning 11 aerial duels and completing 81.5% of his 439 passes.

Rangnick is currently the Managing Director of Sport and Communications at Lokomotiv Moscow but is nearing a move to United once his work permit application is successful.

The 63-year-old, who has coached at FC Viktoria Backnang, Stuttgart, Lippoldsweiler, SC Korb, SSV Reutlingen, SSV Ulm 1846, Hannover 96, FC Schalke 04, TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, knows Haidara well from his managerial stint so the existing relationship might be benefit to United.

Leipzig paid £21.6m for the Malian international but are requesting £33m now. The Mirror note how Haidara has pined for a move to United in the past, so the Premier League giants should have success landing his signature if they match Leipzig’s demands. United might have to offload one or two players before bringing in more competition, however.

It’s hard to see Haidara being afforded a departure midway through the season, so United might have to wait until the following summer to bring him to Old Trafford. It’s no surprise that Rangnick would be linked with one of his former players, but this story should be put on ice for a few months.