Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has highlighted where his side are going wrong in the transfer market – and used rivals Manchester City and Liverpool as an example of the plan the club must follow to succeed at Old Trafford.
Rangnick warned the United Chiefs that they had to stop wasting money if they wanted to compete with their enemies.
United have spent £80m on Harry Maguire, £89m on Paul Pogba and £75m on Romelu Lukaku over the past five years, alongside numerous other big-money deals, while City and Liverpool also spent big, albeit more wisely, with their business helping them. collect several trophies each.
With Pogba likely to leave on a free transfer this summer, Rangnick appealed to transfer the Chiefs ahead of his possible move to the boardroom in July pleading with them to spend more on logistics in future.
“It’s about having a clear transfer strategy and bringing in players who fit into that system – and that’s what both clubs (City and Liverpool) have been doing for the past five or six years. “, admitted Rangnick.
“If I look at their transfer policy and their transfer success, they haven’t had a lot of players that people would say maybe wasn’t the right signing. Both clubs have been very successful – and this is where Manchester United still have to go.
“Under Sir Alex they were there, but since then there have been quite a few different managers. To close the gap with those two clubs I wouldn’t say we have to do the same thing because we have our own identity. as a club.
“But professional football is quite easy. You have to have an identity of how you want to play and how the fans want to see us play. It has always been attractive, attacking, proactive, entertaining football.
“But from there you have to make sure the recruitment is good. You have to be fast enough, fast enough, in the transfer market, know the transfer market and sign the right players at the right time.
But his main aim in the meantime is to ensure United qualify for the Champions League – with Rangnick admitting it could have huge financial ramifications if they fail to do so.
“Financially, everyone knows what it would mean to miss the top four. You would have less money available for your budget and it would be better for all players and staff if you played the Champions League next season,” Rangnick continued.
“It might also make it easier to negotiate with new players – but that’s the way it is. For now, it’s up to us to try everything we can to qualify.