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Ralf Rangnick Won't Try To Persuade Player To Stay At Manchester United

Ryan Sidle

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Ralf Rangnick Won't Try To Persuade Player To Stay At Manchester United

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Ralf Rangnick won't try to persuade Manchester United players to stay at the club, claiming they should want to play without needing to be talked into it.

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Rangnick has been brought in until the end of the season as interim manager to help save the club from a position where they didn't look like qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Certain players have had their futures questioned, because of the German's specific style of football, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka one of those thought to be under threat.

One player whose future is in question for different reasons is Paul Pogba, with the France midfielder's contract due to expire in the summer.

Pogba, who is out injured at the moment, is yet to agree a new deal at Old Trafford and has been linked with a move away next summer, and Rangnick revealed he won't be trying to persuade the 28-year-old to stay in Manchester.

"I wouldn’t say he’s not worth keeping," the former RB Leipzig boss said when asked if it was worth keeping a player who didn't want to belong at the club.

"But players have to want to play for a big club like Manchester United. If a player does not want to play Manchester United in the medium or long term, I don’t think it makes sense to convince him to change his mind."

Pogba's not played for United since early November. Image: PA Images
Pogba's not played for United since early November. Image: PA Images

Pogba has been out of action with a leg injury, since picking up an issue whilst on international duty with France in November, whilst in training.

He was expected back in Manchester on Friday, having gone to Dubai for his rehab, and Rangnick wants all injured players to stay in the city from now on.

"As far as I can tell the medical department is really very good, with many different approaches towards rehab," the interim boss said.

"I would not want players to do their rehab abroad or anywhere else – the decision on Paul was taken before I came.

"I have already spoken to the medical department – to Steve [McNally] our doctor, to Robin Sadler [head of rehab] – that in the future I want players with injuries to stay here."

Pogba was in excellent form at the beginning of the season. Image: PA Images
Pogba was in excellent form at the beginning of the season. Image: PA Images

Pogba's form early in the season was very good, with the former Juventus player getting seven assists in his first eight league games.

He will return to the team under a new manager, playing different tactics and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the new system.

He may not have to worry about it for too long.

Topics: Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick, Paul Pogba, Transfers

Ryan Sidle
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