The final player that Rangnick wanted the club to pursue was forward Christopher Nkunku, who was heavily linked with several sides before penning a contract extension with Leipzig until 2026 – though his new £51million release clause will draw the eye. Nkunku scored 20 and assisted 13 in 34 Bundesliga appearances last season, and he has kickstarted the new campaign in similar form with four goals in as many games.
Ten Hag appears to have dealt with all three issues that Rangnick raised, though signing players that he has previously dealt with – besides in midfield, though Frenkie de Jong was targeted. It remains to be seen whether the new recruits at United can help the club compete for the top four next season, or whether the manager will need to demand further reinforcements.
Rangnick’s team: De Gea; Dalot, GVARDIOL, Varane, Shaw; LAIMER, Fred, Fernandes; Sancho, NKUNKU, Rashford