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Ralf Rangnick agrees with Paul Scholes about Man United’s perfect midfield transfer

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Back in 2019, Manchester United legend Paul Scholes said quite firmly that in order to play in midfield for the club, a player has to be good at a little bit of everything, an all-rounder.

At the time, he felt the club was lacking a midfielder capable of doing that.

Scholes told BT Sport in 2019: “There’s a lot made of midfielders nowadays, ‘are they a holding midfielder or an attacking midfielder?’, which does my head in a little bit.

“As a good midfielder you need to be able to do a bit of everything.

“As a central midfield player — especially at Man United — you have to be capable of doing everything. You have to be able to help your defence, you have to help in attack.”

“It’s not just about sitting and being a holding midfield player. It’s not just about getting forward. You have to have a bit of everything as players I played with had.”

Three years since those comments were made, it seems United are yet to address this key issue raised by their former player.

Interim boss Ralf Rangnick spoke about his midfield options earlier this month and would appear to share the same thoughts as Scholes, hinting strongly that United lacked an all-round midfielder.

Rangnick said: “It doesn’t help if there is a profile missing.

“We need to work and want to work with the players we have.

“We have shown we are able to keep clean sheets with these players but it’s also what we’re doing with the ball and without the ball.

“Again, we had too many giveaways, too many turnovers in that [Wolves] game, this is also an issue we spoke about with the team — that we shouldn’t make it too easy for the other team to be in possession of the ball especially when once we have the ball it’s also about responsible decision-making, making the right decision at the right moment.”

United have been linked with multiple midfielders, such as West Ham’s Declan Rice, Youri Tielemans from Leicester City and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, among others.

But the Reds boss is expecting a quiet window this month.

He added: “From my experience, winter is not the best time for sustainable transfers.

“With the quality of players we have here, it would in theory only make sense if you can get players who can guarantee you more quality. From experience, this will be difficult in the winter.”

Rangnick might not get what he needs, or what Scholes gets, in January but United must ensure they pursue the right profile of target for the summer.

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

Felix has endured a difficult start to the season for Atletico and is yet to score in five starts in the league.

Last season wasn’t much better for Felix, only managing 24 league starts.
With competition up top including French international Antoine Griezmann, Felix is often used as a rotation option under Diego Simeone.

Now, according to Fichajes, a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all interested in signing the striker.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will need to find a long-term replacement for their current first-choice strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both reaching the latter stage of their careers for their respective clubs, so bringing a player with a similar age profile to Felix would be a smart move.

A move to Arsenal may not benefit Felix’s development as much, with Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for the North London club and still only 25 years old.

 

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Manchester United transfer news RECAP plus fixture updates and Cody Gakpo latest

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Manchester United and fellow Premier League clubs are counting down the days until they can strike-up further business in the transfer market. Erik ten Hag welcomed six players to Old Trafford during his first window and they have all made their mark in the starting XI.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all quickly become mainstays, while Antony broke a record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored on Sunday night. That 2-1 victory over Everton also saw former Real Madrid player Casemiro handed his first Premier League start for the club.

Martin Dubravka was the other recruit, signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle.

With one eye on January and future windows, meanwhile, United are understood to still have Frenkie de Jong on their radar, while elite clubs from across Europe will be queuing up for Jude Bellingham should he decided to leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the near transfer window.
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So good’: Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka react to display from £135m star Chelsea reportedly want to sign

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Jude Bellingham shined yet again last night for Borussia Dortmund on the Champions League stage, which received some interesting reaction from a Chelsea perspective.

England star Bellingham, 19, scored in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla. It means the teenage midfielder has now scored in all four Champions League group stage matches so far this season

Afterwards, Bellingham posted on Instagram “more to do” following Dortmund’s midweek result in Europe.

There were some interesting replies in the comment section, especially from two current Chelsea stars.

“Another day at the office”, Reece James posted.

Carney Chukwuemeka added: “So, so good”.

Bellingham in Champions League

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Bellingham plays alongside plenty of Chelsea stars on the international stage with England, so let’s hope they can put in a good word to try tempt him to the Bridge.

He’s an all – action central midfielder that offers so much both offensively and defensively.

 

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