Ralf Rangnick praises reaction of Man Utd after Burnley win
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Manchester United are set to hold a meeting with Julian Alvarez’s entourage after their Premier League clash with Wolves, it has been claimed. The River Plate star has been in outstanding form over the past year, establishing himself as one of the hottest prospects in world football in the process. Despite Barcelona and Bayern Munich being linked with the Argentine as well, the Red Devils appear to be in pole position to land the forward.
Manchester United are currently well-stocked for attackers, having the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, Amad and Anthony Martial at their disposal.
However, regardless, it appears the club are eyeing Alvarez.
The River Plate star was unknown 12 months ago but, in 2021, registered 20 goals and 12 assists from 35 league matches.
It’s been claimed Barcelona and Bayern Munich are both admirers of the forward, who is hoping to make Argentina’s World Cup squad later in the year.
Yet United are in the mix as well with Ralf Rangnick eager to bring the biggest young talents to Old Trafford during his time in charge.
It will take a fee of £17million to sign the 21-year-old, who has drawn comparisons with Ronaldo due to his potency in front of goal.
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And Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla has claimed United will have a meeting with Alvarez’s camp after the game with Wolves today.
The Red Devils enter that showdown on a high after beating Burnley 3-1 last time out.
Prior to that match, they’d slumped to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Newcastle – relying on Cavani to save them from an embarrassing defeat.
Yet United were impressive against Burnley on Thursday with Scott McTominay and Ronaldo finding the net either side of Ben Mee’s own goal.
If United are successful in signing Alvarez, hopes will be high he can make an instant impact at the club.
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However, the Red Devils’ record when it comes to making January additions is certainly mixed.
United have seen the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra all shine over the years since moving in January.
Yet the likes of Zoran Tosic, Manucho, Alexis Sanchez and Odion Ighalo all disappointed after touching down in the New Year.
Alvarez was recently coy when quizzed on his future, saying: “Frankly, I don’t know what will happen, now I’m only thinking about celebrating.
“In January we will see.
“We all know how much the World Cup means for a player.
“When I make my decision I’ll choose what’s best for me.”
Speaking recently, meanwhile, United boss Rangnick kept his cards close to his chest when quizzed on the possibility of transfers this month.
“[It’s] too early now,” he said. “The current squad is big enough, with a lot of competition in the squad.
“To speak about future players coming into the club doesn’t make sense at this stage when we have to find out which player is in which position, the best possible solution for every game.
“Right now for me, it doesn’t make sense to think about future players.
“My full focus is on the current squad and to find for each game the best possible formation and line-up.
“This is always about man management, having a good relationship with the players.
“But also be aware that you’re the one to take the decisions.
“Who is going to play, who will be substituted, who will be on the bench or possibility not even make it into the squad for the next game.”
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