“My opinion is Manchester United should try to find future top players and try to develop them,” explained Ralf Rangnick in his press conference.
“[Erling] Haaland is 21; this is one of those players. He has developed into one of the most expensive strikers in the world.
“He would be one of those examples I think the emphasis should be on: that we should try and convince players who should be Manchester United players for the next years.”
The interim boss was then asked if the club will struggle to attract top players after missing out on Champions League qualification for next season.
Rangnick replied: “As a club with these supporters, the stadium, quality of training ground, I would say yes, but as soon as other clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are involved you need some good reasons.”
“Someone needs to explain to the players and that is why it is important what Erik [ten Hag] thinks.
“I know from Jurgen [Klopp] and Thomas [Tuchel] that if they want players they talk to them and the same is probably true of Pep [Guardiola]: he speaks to them and find out about their mentality and character and if they are the right fit.”
The 1-1 draw with Chelsea has left us sixth in the Premier League standings – five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
Rangnick is right – we may not play in the Champions League next season but with incoming moves for Ten Hag and possibly Paul Mitchell, things are looking optimistic.
Meanwhile, Haaland is reportedly close to joining Manchester City this summer despite being linked with United.