Ralf Rangnick has wasted no time in making his mark at Manchester United, and it seems he’ll look to further mould his squad in the January transfer window.
In his press conference before United’s game against Norwich City, he said: “We have a big squad, we definitely do not have not enough players. We also need to make sure that players want to stay here, it might make sense to see if a loan deal might make sense but it’s too early to speak about that.”
Rangnick is evidently open to the idea of allowing some fringe players the chance to earn themselves regular game time elsewhere, but is he really in a position to be able to trim his squad?
The German tactician’s demanding style of play means that squad rotation is a must, and so Rangnick must now decide whether to keep hold of his fringe players at the risk of upsetting them when he can’t promise them regular first-team football, or ship some players out on loan and potentially leave himself without options when he looks to freshen up his starting XI.
Three players who have been tipped for a temporary move away from Old Trafford in January are Amad, Dean Henderson and Anthony Martial.
The trio’s combined market value (according to Transfermarkt) stands at £67 million, and Rangnick has a big decision to make as to whether to keep them at the club.
Let’s take a look at all three players and whether we think Rangnick should keep them at Old Trafford…
Amad seems to be the most likely candidate to go on loan due to the fact he nearly secured a temporary move to Feyenoord in the summer before an injury kept him in Manchester.
Amad has made one appearance under Rangnick so far, though his outing came in a so-called dead rubber against Young Boys in the Champions League.
With Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek and a number of other attacking players all likely ahead of him in the pecking order, it would be beneficial for him to go out on loan and find a regular starting spot to ensure his development isn’t hampered.
MEN Sport understands that Edwin van der Sar is interested in bringing Henderson to Ajax in January in a bid to shore up the club’s defence.
If David de Gea continues his good form, it will be hard for Henderson to find regular game time at Old Trafford and so a loan move to Ajax seems to make sense.
However, De Gea’s dips in form in recent years are worth bearing in mind and I believe Rangnick should keep Henderson at United for the remainder of the campaign.
Martial’s agent recently said of the Frenchman’s situation at Old Trafford: “Anthony wishes to leave the club in January. He just needs to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”
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Given the France forward’s poor form of late, he looks a long way off being able to make waves in the first team and Rangnick can’t afford to have players in the dressing room who are unhappy.
A loan may allow Martial to regain his form and could boost his price tag, and so shipping him out in January seems to make a lot of sense if United can find a club where he could thrive.
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