Man Utd ‘intend to sign’ new CB, another summer ‘priority’ revealed

According to reports, Man Utd ‘intend to sign’ a new centre-back during the summer transfer window as they are ‘prepared to let’ two defenders leave.

The 2021/22 campaign has been a difficult one for the Red Devils. They returned to winning ways on Saturday as they beat Norwich City 3-2.

Ralf Rangnick’s side are fifth in the Premier League. They are currently three points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

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Man Utd have conceded 44 goals from their 32 Premier League games this season. This is as many as they let in during the whole 2020/21 term.

Manchester Evening News are reporting that United are keen to sign a new centre-back this summer.

This is partly because they are ‘prepared to let’ Phil Jones and Eric Bailly depart. Both players are said to be ‘open to moving on’.

It is also stated that a new midfielder is a ‘priority’ for Man Utd. They are ‘already working on a deal’ for Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips.

United are also targeting one forward and a back-up goalkeeper considering that Dean Henderson is looking to leave. 

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has claimed some credit for Jurgen Klopp’s success at Liverpool after insisting he discovered “six or seven” of his players.

Liverpool face Rangnick’s Man Utd side on Tuesday night as they look to go top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester City’s fixture against Brighton on Wednesday.

Rangnick has played a key role in the careers of Liverpool stars Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate, Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino during his time as a sporting director and a coach.

And Rangnick emphasised the part he played on their journey to success under Klopp at Liverpool. He said ahead of the match: “They are good, they are extremely good. It’s no coincidence that they’re as good as they are.

“Jurgen has built that team over the last six-and-a-half years. Six or seven of those players used to be my – or our – players.

“We signed them for our clubs when nobody knew them and again it’s no coincidence that this is probably the club with the highest number of players from our former clubs. Their approach, their style of football, the way they want to play is pretty similar.”

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