Ralf Rangnick is keen on reuniting with Amadou Haidara at Manchester United to seamlessly implement his pressing style.
The German coach will not take charge of his new side when they face Arsenal on Thursday, as United are still working on securing his work permit. However, he has already started working off the pitch to bolster his squad.
According to the Times, Rangnick is considering to sign Haidara from RB Leipzig. The former Leipzig boss brought the Mali international to the Bundesliga from RB Salzburg and is very well aware of the midfielder’s skillsets – suited perfectly for his counter-pressing approach.
It is understood that the Premier League giants are willing to support their interim manager in the January transfer window to strengthen the roster. With his release clause set at just £33m, the deal should be easy to finalise.
Fred and Scott McTominay put in a convincing display at Chelsea on Sunday, showing they could fit into Rangnick’s ‘gegenpressing’ philosophy. But the arrival of a former Rangnick player could be a good blueprint for the current midfielders at Carrington to follow and understand exactly what the interim gaffer is looking for.
Further, Nemanja Matic was calm as ever in disrupting the flow of Thomas Tuchel’s men at Stamford Bridge, but he doesn’t have the legs anymore to meet the demands of Rangnick’s approach, amplifying the need to sign Haidara or any other midfielder in the winter window.