Connect with us

Football

Man United eyeing Chelsea manager’s mentor for managerial position

Published

on

Manchester United’s search for a new head honcho is moving extremely fast, and they have since added former Red Devils interim manager Ralf Rangnick to the shortlist.

In an exclusive report by the Manchester Evening News, the supposedly sudden interest in Rangnick is fueled by the possibility that Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino may not be able to make his way to Old Trafford.

This new piece of information comes as a bit of a shock to Manchester United fans because it was reported a few days ago that Pochettino is more than willing to leave France and move to England.

See also  Manchester United ‘close in’ on deal for full-back as Erik ten Hag decides defender ‘priority’

However, that move would need Manchester United to pony up some cash and pay compensation to Paris Saint-Germain to facilitate the move.

Red Devils executive chairman Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold were supposedly left in England as the Manchester United squad traveled to Spain for their stunning UEFA Champions League victory over Villareal.

Rangnick is also credited as the godfather of “gegenpressing,” a football tactic that places heavy emphasis on aggressive pressure to regain the ball as quickly as possible before launching a massive counter-attack for goal-scoring opportunities.

See also  Ajax Player ‘determined’ to join Man United and reunite with Erik ten Hag

The 63-year-old is currently serving as the head of sports and development at Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moskow but has had stints as a manager with German sides Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig.

Acquiring Rangnick should be a sign of salvation for a Manchester United squad that is coming off the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend.

His experience in Germany should translate well enough to the English Premier League, and he has the personnel to apply his “gegenpressing” with the Red Devils.

See also  Man United told to replace two stars if they wants to challenge for trophies next season

Agile and flexible wing-backs Fred and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are set to be the workhorses in Rangnick’s philosophy as they can cover the length of the field quickly while allowing scorers Cristiano Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford to have better shots on goal.https://81d6fb3e48717f499a4f1c4cd308e064.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Michael Carrick has since been named as Manchester United’s interim manager in the meantime and will be taking his side to Stamford Bridge when they visit Chelsea on Sunday, November 28, hopefully pulling out a stunner on the Premier League leaders.

Football

Report: Star ready to join Man United now wants £33.7million contract

Published

on

By

The latest reports in the media are anything to go by and Adrien Rabiot’s mother-agent, Veronique, is proving to be a difficult negotiator.

Last night, we covered a story (via La Gazzetta Dello Sport) claiming that the French international has demanded a three-year deal worth £25.4million to move to Old Trafford.

This morning, as per Corriere dello Sport (news image provided below), the Red Devils have agreed a fee worth 17-18 million euros with Juventus but the dilemma is that the agreement with the player is still missing.

See also  Manchester United ‘close in’ on deal for full-back as Erik ten Hag decides defender ‘priority’

Ten Hag contacted Rabiot to convince him to join Man Utd which is why the midfielder became willing to negotiate personal terms.

However, Veronique now wants a four-year contract worth 40 million euros (£33.7million) for his son and the negotiations have slowed down.

See also  Ajax Player ‘determined’ to join Man United and reunite with Erik ten Hag

Manchester United’s midfield department is in desperate need of reinforcements and Ten Hag may end up losing out on signing Frenkie de Jong to Chelsea.

The last big signing for the central midfield was done back in 2018 when Mourinho splashed the cash to lure Fred from Shakhtar. The Red Devils must act fast to strengthen things in the center of the park.

See also  A couple of doubts': Solskjaer provides team news ahead of facing Watford'A couple of doubts':

Rabiot is neither as creative as Pogba nor as versatile as De Jong. However, he has experience of winning big titles with PSG and Juventus and even with France. So, in all fairness, he would be an upgrade to McFred.

Continue Reading

Football

Man United pushing for Pogba replacement in more ways than one

Published

on

By

Manchester United may be about to take on another troublesome Frenchman, having just gotten rid of one.

The departures of Paul Pogba and others this summer have left new manager Erik ten Hag with a bare cupboard in terms of midfield options.

United have turned to Juventus outcast Adrien Rabiot, who is available for £15 million, after failing to secure Frenkie de Jong, the Ten Hag’s top transfer target, from Barcelona.

Rabiot, 27, isn’t particularly popular at Juventus and hasn’t replicated the form that established his reputation during the seven years he spent at PSG before that.

But it isn’t just on-field sluggishness that has harmed the reputation of a player who was once regarded as France’s golden boy.

Off-field squabbles and indiscretions, not only by Rabiot but also by his formidable mother and agent Veronique, have earned him a reputation as a difficult customer in the game.

See also  Gary Neville tells Manchester United star to leave after Leicester defeat

However, Ten Hag and United are becoming increasingly desperate. Despite the club’s insistence that their interest in Rabiot was firm prior to Sunday’s season-opening loss to Brighton, the timing appears to be a reactionary move.

And Rabiot’s rap sheet contains numerous items that could cause United to live to regret their decision.

Rabiot was on the verge of breaking into the PSG senior squad after graduating from their academy in 2012.

Rabiot was supposed to travel to Qatar with the team for a mid-season tour, but his mother insisted on accompanying him.

Veronique, Rabiot’s uncompromising agent, enters the picture. After his father, Michel Provost, suffered a stroke in 2007 that left him with locked-in syndrome, she took over his career. Michel is paralysed but fully aware.

See also  Man United next manager: Four options to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Liverpool defeat

Her insistence on accompanying the tour caused friction, and Rabiot was eventually loaned out to Toulouse.

Even stranger, she allegedly insisted on attending all of their training sessions while there.

Two years later, Rabiot was on the verge of leaving PSG after Laurent Blanc demoted him to the reserves.

Veronique was waiting for Blanc as he left PSG’s Camp des Loges training facility one evening.

‘You can’t treat him like that. ‘I’m not going to agree to that,’ Blanc was told, presumably forcefully.

PSG had no choice but to call in security, but the confrontation appeared to work.

See also  A couple of doubts': Solskjaer provides team news ahead of facing Watford'A couple of doubts':

Rabiot’s contract with PSG was renewed – and on better terms – not long after he failed to secure a move to Roma.

France’s hopes of adding the European Championship to their World Cup glory last year ended when they lost on penalties to Switzerland in the last-16.

Afterwards, an extraordinary video emerged of Veronique confronting Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, after the PSG striker missed the decisive spot-kick.

It is thought she said: ‘It is embarrassing how he struck that, for a player of his level. He hit it too lightly, I hope you are going to scold him.’

Apparently during an earlier discussion, Veronique told Wilfried his son was ‘arrogant’, has a ‘big head’ and gets ‘too much protection from the press.’

Continue Reading

Football

Report: Arsenal in ‘lead’ for ‘remarkable’ £33m attacker; agents braced for potential talks

Published

on

By

Arsenal have been heavily linked with Villarreal’s Yeremy Pino in recent days.

According to El Periodico Mediterraneo, the Gunners are the most interested club in the race for the 19-year-old.

Meanwhile, Spanish outlet AS claim Villarreal would be likely to accept any bid in the region of €40-50m (£33-42m).

Now, Marca and EPM have provided further updates on Arsenal’s pursuit of Pino, as transcribed by Sport Witness.

Marca has claimed that the Gunners and Liverpool are in the ‘lead’ to sign the Spain international.

Villarreal are currently ‘waiting’ because ‘any movement’ could lead to Premier League interest intensifying.

See also  Cristiano Ronaldo sends message to Ralf Rangnick in statement over Ballon d'Or snub

Meanwhile, EPM have reported that the La Liga club hasn’t yet received an offer from Arsenal or elsewhere.

Apparently, there has been only ‘one communication of a principle of interest’.

Namely, to know the intention of the player and Unai Emery’s side to carry out the potential transfer.

The report doesn’t mention which club made this approach.

However, they do explain Pino’s agents have maintained contacts with important Premier League sides.

The representatives have ‘seen with interest the possibility of starting talks for his signing’.

As per the AS report, EPM claim a deal Pino can happen for a fee of around €40-50m this summer.

See also  Manchester United set to announce transfer signing today for a very Glazers reason

‘His composure belies his age’

Arsenal have (reportedly) picked out a superb target in Pino, one of the most talented youngsters in Spanish football.

He enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Spanish side last year, scoring six goals and adding four assists in 21 starts.

Pino also featured seven times as Unai Emery’s side reached the Champions League semi-finals.

He’s young, very talented, and has a fair bit of experience at the top level too.

Earlier this year, Squawka published a scouting report on Pino.

See also  Man United next manager: Four options to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Liverpool defeat

‘Yeremi’s finishing is remarkable’, they wrote.

‘He has a natural ability to get himself into goalscoring positions through his movement and well-timed runs, and once he’s there, his composure belies his age.’

They also said Pino was ‘among the most prolific dribblers within Villarreal’s squad, and brings great value to Emery’s squad with that attribute and his blistering pace.

‘He is crucial in the transition, and that is why the former Arsenal coach has opted for Pino in games where the counter-attack has been crucial.’

Continue Reading

Trending