Man Utd’s triple transfer stance could leave next manager with even more work to do

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Manchester United interim coach Ralf Rangnick takes charge of his first – and likely only – transfer window this month and it appears as though he’s going to leave a few decisions to the next manager. Rangnick signed a short-term contract to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is expected to step aside at the end of the season for a new man to come in.

Who that will be remains to be seen with Mauricio Pochettino strongly linked as the favourite.

Whoever comes in will want to make their own changes, but they will also supposedly want the foundations put in place ready for him to take over.

Young players such as Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood, Amad and Marcus Rashford are likely to be the future of the club.

But there are several players reaching a crossroads at Old Trafford with questions over their future this month.

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Edinson Cavani’s contract runs out at the end of the season and some reports suggested he would leave this month.

Rangnick, though, has confirmed the Uruguayan will not be allowed to leave halfway through the season.

He said: “He knows that I will definitely not let him go.

“I would rather have another Edi on top of that but for me it’s clear that Edi has to stay.”

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Donny van de Beek has also been linked with a move away from United having struggled to break into the first team on a regular basis.

He’s started just 19 out of a possible 86 games since joining from Ajax in 2020 and was being tipped for a move away last summer.

But Rangnick doesn’t want to lose Van de Beek this month either, suggesting the midfielder could be sold at the end of the season.

The United boss said: “I also had a long conversation with him last week about that and, again, of course, it’s difficult for him right now because he also wants to play for the Dutch national team to qualify for himself and play in the World Cup in Qatar and, in order to do that, he needs that game-time here.

“But I still believe we should keep him, he should stay here definitely until the end of this season and try to get as much game-time as he possibly can.”

And then there’s Anthony Martial, who has made it clear that he wants to leave United for a new challenge.

The Frenchman has been left out of the matchday squad for United’s last two matches and has started just two league games this season.

But Rangnick insists Martial will only be sold if the right offer comes in, which may not arrive in such a short space of time.

“It is not only about what he wants to do but also a question of which kind of clubs are interested in him and do they meet the demands of the club?,” Rangnick said.

“We have to wait and see. He is not injured currently, so I decided to go with this group of players that we had in the squad today (Thursday). It had nothing to do with injuries.”

Cavani is almost certain to leave at the end of the season, but delaying decisions on Van de Beek and Martial will give United’s next manager some tough calls to make early doors.

Selling the latter two would certainly raise some funds for transfer targets in the summer though, which could work to their advantage.

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