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Man United working on deals before January deadline as Ralf Rangnick confirms ‘negotiations’

Manchester United stole all three points against West Ham at the weekend thanks to a last-minute winner from Marcus Rashford.

The overall performance was good from the Red Devils, though it did consolidate that the fringe players at Old Trafford are unlikely to get a look in going forward.

The match against the Hammers looked destined to finish goalless until all three of Ralf Rangnick’s second-half substitutes combined to create the winner.

After Anthony Martial was fed the ball on the edge of the box, he slipped the ball down the left to Edinson Cavani, who appeared offside at the first glance but comfortably on, who squared the ball across the face of the goal for Rashford to tap home.

The goal is a credit to the depth the Red Devils have, though that could change as several players appear to be destined for the exit this month.

It has previously been stated that United have too big of a squad, and with such talent waiting in the wings for opportunities, it was only a matter of time before those having to bide their time would become restless.

Rangnick might be hoping that those in charge of negotiations are able to get the deals over the line sooner rather than later to free up some budget for the German to spend.

United have been linked with signing several top players this month but are yet to bring in any fresh faces.

A midfielder was thought to be a priority this month but Rangnick’s decision to move to a 4-3-3 and play Bruno Fernandes in a deeper role could have put those plans on pause.

English duo Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice have both been reportedly targeted by the Red Devils, though neither appear to be on their way out of Dortmund and West Ham respectively.

The Manchester Evening News reports United are currently fielding enquiries from several clubs for some of their players who are pushing for moves away, and those deals could be completed before the January transfer window closes.

One would imagine that the departure of Jesse Lingard is somewhat a priority given that the Englishman is out of contract at the end of the season and this will be his boyhood club’s last chance to cash in on him – may that be permanently or via a loan deal.

It is believed that the versatile forward has been offered to Newcastle but the club are waiting for the relegation-battling side to confirm they will cover all of Lingard’s wages while also paying the £6million loan fee.

United are waiting for an offer of that nature for Martial, who La Liga outfit Sevilla are reportedly keen on and tried signing earlier this month.

Donny van de Beek’s nightmare spell at Old Trafford could be over, as the midfielder has been offered to Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund, though it would be no surprise for other clubs to enter the race to sign the Dutch midfielder.

There will, of course, be other deals happening behind the scenes and other fringe players, such as goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who will be attracting interest from elsewhere.

Asked if there would be any players sold this month, Rangnick replied: “I don’t know.

“I know which players would want to leave. I know that there are some negotiations with clubs but I am not involved in that. I will probably be posted and made aware if something is happening. We will all have to wait and see what happens.”

Rangnick might be hoping that those in charge of negotiations are able to get the deals over the line sooner rather than later to free up some budget for the German to spend.

United have been linked with signing several top players this month but are yet to bring in any fresh faces.

A midfielder was thought to be a priority this month but Rangnick’s decision to move to a 4-3-3 and play Bruno Fernandes in a deeper role could have put those plans on pause.

English duo Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice have both been reportedly targeted by the Red Devils, though neither appear to be on their way out of Dortmund and West Ham respectively.

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