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Humbled Rangnick makes biggest confession about his United job as season ends

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Ralf Rangnick joined Man United with high hopes and prospects but everything turned out differently and has been humbled as the team failed to impress.

To make it worse, Man United will be missing out of the Champions League next season and Ralf Rangnick has confessed he could have done better as interim manager of Manchester United.

Rangnick, 63, took the United job in November after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked and one match remaining, the Red Devils are sixth, two points above West Ham and 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Rangnick, speaking on Friday ahead of United’s final game at Crystal Palace, admitted he and the United squad could have done more over the season.

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“I made this experience and it is still an experience I would not want to miss,” the German said.

“As a manager, you always want to win more than lose, my last two years with RB Leipzig we made an average of two points per game and finished third.

“Here, although we were only a positive pathway in the first three or four months, we could not keep that.

“We could all have done better, including myself, we all have to be self-critical and now it is about taking and drawing the right conclusions.”

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However, he will be replaced in his role by former Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag.

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Why I dumped United for Middlesbrough, Fettis explains decision

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Alan Fettis has made his reasons public why he decided to part ways with Manchester United to become senior goalkeeper coach at Middlesbrough.

Fettis who had his impact in development of young talents with the Red Devils youth team, said he made the decision he feels ready for the step up from academy coaching.

In his words, “I think the stature of the club. Whenever I’ve been here with Manchester United’s academy they’ve always been good footballing people.

“It’s a really good football club and obviously the manager that has come in has done really well wherever he has been previously.

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“I had a few deadlines with him when Dean Henderson was at Sheffield United and so I understand what he’s about and how he plays.

“Like me, he’s a good and honest footballing person, as are all of his staff. It was a big wrench to leave Manchester United after so long but I had ambitions to want to push myself a little bit further so it was a no-brainer really in some respects.”

Meanwhile, the Red Devils recorded a major change in the coaching crew and management department as a major restructuring was required to get the team back to winning ways.

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United fans reminded why they should be disturbed already in this summer transfer window

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Man United fans have been told that they should be disturbed over their club’s failure to sign a senior player so far this summer.

While the summer transfer window is still opened, and has some weeks to close former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the club’s lack of transfer business, said it calls for major concern.

According to the pundit, new signings must arrive immediately to be able to meet new manager Erik ten Hag from r work and planning to begin in good time.

“It’s strange, we are a couple of weeks off of pre-season and there are no new faces,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“It’s very strange. I think it is worrying times for Man United, I’m not going to lie.

“The way they have gone over the last three or four seasons, they just seem to be going backwards for me.

“It will be interesting to see if anyone comes in soon because they are meant to be going through an overhaul. I think the fans should be worried.

“Liverpool at Tottenham have plenty of players coming in, Arsenal too. So Man United need to get some players in.”

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Agbonlahor tells United a major sacrifice they must make if they must sign Eriksen

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Football pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed that Man United will have to twist their formation to a diamond one if they sign Christian Eriksen in the summer transfer window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker insisted Man United do not need another attacking midfielder but if they must bring in the former Tottenham star, they must change their formation to accommodate him.

The 30-year-old is out of contract at Brentford and has been linked with a return to Tottenham while the Red Devils are desperate to land him.

“I think it would be a good signing [for Man United],” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“I just don’t see him starting in that team, you can’t start Eriksen and Fernandes, it doesn’t work.

“Man United have been open, their defence is a bit shaky. They need two sitters in there.

“I don’t see where Eriksen plays, I don’t see him on the wing because he’s not a winger, he’s a number 10 or he can play in that central midfield role.

“Maybe you bring in and play a weird formation, maybe a diamond to try and fit him in somehow.

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“I just don’t see it as something that Man United need, they’ve got Bruno Fernandes who plays in that role.”

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One big reason Arsenal would beat United for signature of Ajax star disclosed, Pundit speaks

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It is understood that Manchester United could lose to Arsenal in the race to sign Lisandro Martinez this summer transfer window.

Reports claims the main reason is because of concerns over the Ajax defender’s height.

The Gunners have already indicated to Ajax that they are willing to pay €30 million (£25.8m) for the versatile Argentine this summer.

United have yet to make an approach but might just drop the bid as The Athletic’s David Ornstein claims that the 24-year-old may not meet their physical requirements for their defensive role.

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‘Lisandro Martinez is a firm target for Arsenal for the left centre-back role and he can also operate at left-back in the mind of Arsenal,’ Ornstein told HaytersTV.

‘He’s a player that Mikel Arteta wants to sign. Arsenal have had an approach worth around €30m rejected by Ajax, that interest will not drop.

‘The question is who else is interested in him? Of course, he’s played for Erik ten Hag in the past, and there are reports Erik ten Hag would like to bring him to United now.

‘The problem is that Manchester United are focusing on Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen, there may also be concerns if Lisandro Martinez is tall enough for the left centre-back role because I don’t know of Manchester United looking to do what Arsenal would like, which is to use him at left-back as well.

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‘As things stand, I think Arsenal is the most probable destination for Lisandro Martinez, who is said to be keen on a move but this could have twists and turns with a number of clubs admiring such a good player.’

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United tipped to hurt Tottenham with this summer transfer move

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Alan Hutton fears Man United could hurt Tottenham Hotspur by securing the signature of Christian Eriksen this summer transfer window

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-Spurs right back Hutton argue that not signing Eriksen, 30, could hurt the North Londoners.

When asked by Football Insider if he thought letting Eriksen go to Manchester United would be a mistake, Hutton said “Of course it could be.

“Time will tell. I think at 30 years of age he’s proved to everyone at Brentford that he’s still very hungry.

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“He’s fit enough, he can deal with the stresses and the strains in the Premier League.

“So I think he could be the one that got away because I think he’s got something that Tottenham missed this season.

“As deadly as Kane and Son are, if you look at the midfield it’s all very defensive.

“I know they brought in [Rodrigo] Bentancur but they’ve got [Harry] Winks, [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg, [Oliver] Skipp, all these guys who are very defensive and I think they miss that attacking flair, something that Eriksen could give them.

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“And the possibility for him to go to Manchester United, I think he’ll do well there.”

Meanwhile, the former Tottenham Hotspur is also attracting interest from other EPL clubs.

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Pundit gives reason why United have not worked away from De Jong’s deal

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Alan Hutton has noted that one of the reasons why Man United are still in the pursuit of Frankie de Jong is because they are desperate as a deal has been delayed.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and Rangers defender claimed that due to the delay, the Red Devils should have worked away and make other moves so as to secure players for new manager Erik ten Hag.

When asked if Manchester United should walk away from the deal, Hutton told Football Insider, “It really depends how desperate they are for that player.

“If he’s a top target, and you’d like to think that he is because that’s who they went for first, they will be willing to hold out.

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“Ultimately, Ten Hag will want the players in as early as possible so he can work with them from day one through preseason to get his philosophy across, his play and how he wants to play and develop the team.

“He doesn’t want to be adding in as the season starts.

“So of course they’ll give him time as he’s probably the top target.

“Of course a few weeks down the line there will come a time where they have to move elsewhere and it’s a case of if the player’s desperate to come, does he put in a transfer request or how does he move forward.

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“But they will give him enough time to get it over the line and then they’ll move on.”

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Pundit reveals why De Jong will join United, not because of relationship with Erik ten Hag

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Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed that Frankie de Jong will not be joining Man United from Barcelona because of his last relationship with Erik ten Hag.

The midfielder is top on the list of the Red Devils and they are desperate to land him.

However the former striker said the player seems to be forced to join Man United.

“Forget about Ten Hag, it seems like Man United are having to force De Jong to come,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

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“That’s how the mighty have fallen, that’s how far Manchester United have fallen. They’re basically begging a player to come to them.

“When I played in the Premier League you were running to sign for Manchester United. Now they’re not in the Champions League, they’re a bit in turmoil. Why would you want to leave Barcelona to go to Manchester United?

“De Jong probably thinks to himself ‘I’m good enough to play for Manchester City, Chelsea or Liverpool, why would I want to go to Man United?’ That’s why you can tell he doesn’t want to go.

“He could turn up at Manchester United and sign and be a totally different player, moody and doesn’t want to be there.

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“For me, he’s downwards for his career to move to Man United, to be honest. From Barcelona who are in the Champions League to Manchester United, who are in the Europa League and in a shambles.

“You can tell he doesn’t want to go there, players don’t want to go to Manchester United.

“There’s no point in getting De Jong when you’ve sort of had to beg him to come. That isn’t Manchester United. Bring in players who want to be there.

“Even with the manager Ten Hag. They both know each other, him and De Jong, and that’s not enough for him to say ‘Yes, I want to come’.”

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Manager reveals he already has an agreement with Man United target ahead of summer transfer window

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Brentford boss Thomas Frank has disclosed that he has an agreement with Man United target Christian Eriksen to call him and inform him of his decision to either leave the club or stay before he makes it public.

He therefore remains hopeful of signing the Danish international.

According to Frank, Eriksen could remain at Brentford, though the midfielder has agreed to inform him of his decision either way.

‘I coached Eriksen in the youth ranks in Denmark,’ Frank said.

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‘In October, my son called me: ‘Dad, why don’t you contact Christian? He has to play football again.’ I called Eriksen in December and asked him if he would consider playing football again at Brentford and he replied: ‘Funny thing is I thought of you too’.

‘I never had any doubts that he would come back to a good level and now I hope we can retain him. I do not know [Eriksen to Brentford]. I know we still have a chance and I hope he will make a decision in two weeks.

‘The agreement is that he will call me and tell me what he wants to do. He hasn’t decided yet.’

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