Rangnick: Too early for January transfer plans

Friday 10 December 2021 12:32

Ralf Rangnick has suggested that it’s still too soon in his spell as Manchester United interim manager to have finalised plans for the January transfer window, particularly in regards to possible exits.

The German has already been able to assess 27 different players during his opening matches with Crystal Palace and Young Boys, while also conducting several training sessions at Carrington.

Ralf said he is further on with his knowledge of the squad than he was at his unveiling seven days ago, but that more time will need to be spent assessing what will occur when clubs are able to buy players once again next month.

“I've got to know them better obviously in this week, I saw most of them play in two games,” Rangnick told reporters on Friday afternoon.

“We've three or four or five training sessions but it's still too early to speak about what we might do in the transfer window.”

The 63-year-old added that, while United’s large first-team cohort may necessitate a few outgoings, he would speak to players one-to-one to address whether or not they would be better off moving, whether on loan or permanently.

“If I look at the number of players we have it's still a big squad, we definitely do not have not enough players but we also need to make sure that players want to stay here,” he continued.

“If they're not getting enough game time, it might make sense to speak individually with those players, to see what might work.”

There will be plenty of opportunity for game time over the busy festive period.

Saturday’s trip to Norwich City is focusing the mind at the moment, but matches against Brentford (away), Brighton (home), Newcastle (away) and Burnley (home) quickly follow before the end of 2021.