Rangnick’s comments spell the end for Paul Pogba at Manchester United

Manchester United are moving towards a pivotal rebuild and interim boss Ralf Rangnick is beginning to speak publicly about his recommendations.

Rangnick says United require a certain type of player in order to be successful, citing a lack of balance within the current squad, which has restricted him from successfully implementing his preferred brand of football.

The German was quoted by The Telegraph: “Whenever the new head coach is clear, it has to be: how does he want to play and what kind of players do we need for that? Then we come back to DNA, speed, physicality, tempo. What do we need? This team does not lack technical players, it can do with more physicality.

“It is difficult to challenge a technically great player into a physical, aggressive one and we have a lot of people who are technical players.”

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Paul Pogba increasingly unlikely to re-sign

Paul Pogba’s contract is soon set to expire and it looks increasingly unlikely he will choose to renew, or that United will seek to keep him.

Pogba is the type of player Rangnick describes United as being overloaded with. He is a very technical player, one who lacks speed and aggressiveness in his game.

For United to commit to a mega-contract to re-sign Pogba would be a backwards step, and a totally unnecessary one, when the team is trying to get faster, stronger, and younger.

Rangnick’s comments appear to act as a firm recommendation that United should not look to extend the Frenchman’s contract. It is time to look to the future, and not repeat mistakes of the past.

If United want aggressive and fast players, then re-signing Pogba would be a contradictory move.

Pogba has been found wanting far too often at United, with his style of football simply not conducive to consistent Premier League success. His record of 0 wins in 7 Champions League knockout ties played also speaks volumes.

What else Rangnick said

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Rangnick said United require patience to get to the level set by both Liverpool and City, as difficult as this is to hear.

He told the club website: “Those two teams have been built together and have been recruited over a period of five to six years, all of them under the premises of how two coaches want to play.

“It takes the right decisions, knowing who you want to go too, manager, players, what kind of people do we need for that?”

Then, in every transfer window, to get the best possible players for that. This is possible, this is not rocket science, it has to be done, it needs to be done.

“If that happens, it does not necessarily mean that we need three-four years for that, maybe just two-three transfer windows, then the situation could be different.”

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