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Ralf Rangnick spotted with sporting director that drops huge hint over next Man Utd boss

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Ralf Rangnick has been spotted in the stands of Old Trafford alongside Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell.

 

It is unclear why the pair are together this Thursday, but the sight of Mitchell in Manchester is bound to spark speculation given his connection to Mauricio Pochettino.

 

Current Paris Saint-Germain manager Pochettino worked with Mitchell at both Southampton and Tottenham.

 

Pochettino is one of the favourites to take over from Rangnick at Man United at the end of the season.

 

The Argentine is on a shortlist that also includes Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, Spain manager Luis Enrique, Inter Milan’s Simeone Inzaghi and Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann.

 

 

Ralf Rangnick spotted with sporting director that drops huge hint over next Man Utd boss

Interim Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick is in the stands of Old Trafford for the quarter-final of the FA Youth Cup between the Red Devils and Leicester City

It is unclear why the pair are together this Thursday, but the sight of Mitchell in Manchester is bound to spark speculation given his connection to Mauricio Pochettino.

Current Paris Saint-Germain manager Pochettino worked with Mitchell at both Southampton and Tottenham.

Pochettino is one of the favourites to take over from Rangnick at Man United at the end of the season.

The Argentine is on a shortlist that also includes Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, Spain manager Luis Enrique, Inter Milan’s Simeone Inzaghi and Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann.

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Ralf Rangnick has been spotted in the stands of Old Trafford alongside Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell
Ralf Rangnick has been spotted in the stands of Old Trafford alongside Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell
Rangnick and Mitchell are at Old Trafford to watch an FA Youth Cup quarter-final clash between Man United and Leicester City.

Rangnick is set to move upstairs at Old Trafford to work a two-year consultancy role after coaching the first team this season.

The German has endured a difficult spell in the hot seat after taking the reins from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November 2021.

Last time out the Red Devils snatched a draw in the first leg of their Champions League knockout clash with Atletico Madrid.

Super substitute Anthony Elanga came off the bench to grab an all-important equaliser with time running out at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

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Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

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Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club

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Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Very Close: Top Journalist gives exciting Arsenal transfer updates

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Arsenal are “really close” to striking a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk in a bid to add winger Mykhaylo Mudryk to Mikel Arteta’s squad at the Emirates this month, journalist Rudy Galetti has told GiveMeSport.

The Gunners have now submitted a third offer for the wide man, after seeing two bids worth £52m and £62m rejected.

Arsenal transfer news – Mykhaylo Mudryk

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal have submitted a bid worth £62m plus add-ons in a third attempt to bring Mudryk to the Emirates during the January transfer window.

With the north London side having seen their first two offers turned down and fellow Premier League side Chelsea showing an interest, the league leaders have had no choice but to move to try and get a deal over the line as quickly as possible.

Before Arsenal’s latest offer, Romano had told GiveMeSport that the Gunners were still negotiating with Shakhtar but a deal was not imminent.

However, Galetti believes that the Gunners’ latest bid, which is rumoured to be worth around £79m including add-ons, may see a move completed “in the next few days.”

What has Galetti said about Arsenal and Mudryk?

Galetti told GiveMeSport: “We know that at the beginning, Shakhtar valuated Mudryk at around £90m as confirmed by vice director Nicolini.

“He said that Mudryk is better than Antony in their evaluation. We know that Manchester United paid about £86m for Antony.

“This was the previous valuation, but now Arsenal and Shakhtar are really close to reaching an agreement for a little bit less, worth around £75m and £79m as the overall package. In the next few days, this could probably be a done deal.”

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