After Man United’s 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace in their final Premier League game of the season, Ralf Rangnick said: “There could be more togetherness on the pitch and this is important when we think about new players.
“We need to make sure that they are not only team players but they have the quality to strengthen the squad. They also need to be players who invest into the team spirit.
“The most important thing is we find player for whom [United] is the best next sporting step in their career. They shouldn’t want to come because it’s Manchester United, because maybe they get a good contract here. It should be for developing their career and taking their next best step.
“If that happens you have a completely different level of energy and motivation. This is what we did at Red Bull and I think we fared well with that.
“This is a different quality [of player] we need than we did at RB Leipzig but they won the cup yesterday even though they were one player down. They could only do it as a team. This is important that we build a team that really deserves the name ‘team’.
“Even in hard times they stick together, they stay together, they fight back. This is the most important part.”
United are expected to have a busy summer window after the dismal 2021/22 season. Erik ten Hag will want a lot of signings, while Rangnick will consult him on the kind of players that should be signed and which of the current ones that are worth keeping.