Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Rangnick to add Chris Armas to coaches, Frenkie de Jong targeted, £50m McGinn latest

CHRIS ARMAS is set to join Ralf Rangnick's coaching team after the American was fired as manager of Toronto FC.

New manager Rangnick has retained Mick Phelan and Kieran McKenna following the departures of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Michael Carrick.

The German celebrated his first win as Man Utd boss after Fred's late strike gave the Red Devils victory over Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, off the pitch the new gaffer is already putting the club's January transfer plans in place.

SunSport can reveal United are keen on signing John McGinn to replace Paul Pogba, but the Aston Villa midfielder could cost £50m.

The Red Devils are also reportedly preparing a cheeky £47m bid for Frenkie de Jong, who cash-strapped Barcelona are keen to keep.

New gaffer Rangnick was full of praise for Fred after his strike that took down the Eagles.

The German said: "I had to ask my assistant coach if that was Fred's right foot.

"I thought he could only shoot with his left. I'm happy for him, it was a beautiful goal with his weak right foot.

"He is a fantastic player, together with what he did with McTominay this is what you need for this kind of football.

"If you play with intensity on the front foot, very proactively, with four offensive players ahead of him, it's highly important to have players who are disciplined and aggressive.

"Both Scott and Fred are perfect for that, overall when the other team is in possession.

"I am very happy for him and the whole team congratulated him for the goal."

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  • Anthony Chapman

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  • Dylan Terry

    RANGNICK ON MAN UTD PRESSING

    He said: “I’m more than happy. First of all, most importantly, we won the game. Second, we had a clean sheet, third I think we no doubt deserved to win, because we had control of the game.

    “I suppose it [United’s possession] was more than 60 per cent, and we didn’t give them that many chances to score.

    “To be honest I was positively surprised by the performance of the players. I didn’t expect us to play at that level after only one-and-a-half training days together with them.

    “The first half-hour was amazing, it was high intensity, high speed, high tempo – the only thing that was missing was scoring one or two goals”.

  • Dylan Terry

    CLEANING UP

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick admits it’s important to fix the team’s poor clean sheet record.

    Rangnick told United’s official website: “These kinds of players are always able to score goals.

    “Today [against Crystal Palace] we had to have some patience but we are able to score goals so as long as we keep clean sheets – it was only the third clean sheet this season – as you say, we are always able to win.”

  • Dylan Terry

    ULTI-MANE-UM

    Barcelona have issued an ultimatum to Manchester United transfer target Ousmane Dembele, giving him until December 31 to decide on his future.

    Dembele’s contract with Barca expires in June and the club needs to know whether he will commit to a new deal by New Year’s Eve.

    According to Sport, negotiations between the Blaugrana and the winger have hit a snag over the player’s financial demands, while other clubs are keeping tabs on him.

    The France international’s agent has already met with Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Tottenham and Juventus to discuss their offer, while Liverpool also appear to be interested.

    The 24-year-old claims he wants to stay put at Barcelona but his representative hint this will only happen for the right price.

  • Dylan Terry

    RED RECRUIT

    Ralf Rangnick has reportedly made his first appointment at Manchester United by recruiting Chris Armas.

    The German took charge of the Red Devils last week on an interim basis until the end of the season before beginning a role as a consultant.

    Michael Carrick, who assisted the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was placed as caretaker but left the club last week after the win over Arsenal.

    That left Rangnick, who led United to a victory over Crystal Palace in his first game in charge yesterday, needing to add to his staff, with the 63-year-old contacting New York Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber regarding a role at Old Trafford.

    Now ESPN’s Taylor Twellman has claimed that American Armas, 49, is joining United’s coaching team, and he could potentially be No.2.

    He has been granted a work permit and will travel to England in the next few days to take up the position.

  • Dylan Terry

    DO THE HARG YARDS

    Owen Hargreaves believes Ralf Rangnick has improved Manchester United already when it comes to their press and possession.

    Hargreaves said: “I thought it was really good. We said maybe squeeze the pitch, make it smaller, play to [Cristiano] Ronaldo’s strengths, and they’ve done that.

    “The centre-backs have been in the middle of the pitch. Palace haven’t had much of the ball. The only issue for United is they’ve dominated but they don’t have anything to show for it.

    “Considering he’s only been there for one training session, United look a lot different in terms of the press and in possession.”

  • Dylan Terry

    VAN DE START

    Manchester United have already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, which allows Ralf Rangnick to heavily rotate his team.

    First-team stars could be handed a rest to allow bench and fringe players to get some minutes under their belt.

    Just TWO who started in the 1-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace could keep their place.

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    PRESSING AHEAD

    Ralf Rangnick is already having an influence on Manchester United after just days in the job as they recorded a post-Sir Alex Ferguson possession record yesterday in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

    Rangnick is renowned as the pioneer of the Gegenpress and his new side is already implementing his style.

    And his tactical plan led to them regaining possession 12 times in the final third – the most they have achieved since Fergie left in 2013.

    United also had 61 per cent of the possession during the Premier League clash, a huge increase from recent times.

    Under Michael Carrick, who left the club following Thursday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal, they had 45 per cent against Villarreal, 34 per cent at Chelsea and 45 per cent versus the Gunners.

    • Dylan Terry

      RALF PATCH

      Interim manager Ralf Rangnick can guide Manchester United to the top four, according to Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson.

      Lawrenson believes Rangnick’s experience will help United finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League.

      He told LFC TV: “To be honest with you, and as loathe as I am to say it, I think Manchester United will finish fourth.

      “I think this new guy coming in, I think he knows what he’s doing”

    • Dylan Terry

      RED RAID

      Manchester United are keeping tabs on Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong ahead of the January transfer window.

      According to El Nacional, United are very keen on De Jong but are not willing to offer more than £47million.

      That is £18m less than what Barca paid Ajax for the midfielder’s signature in 2019.

      However, the report adds the Blaugrana would not even consider accepting an offer lower than £60m.

    • Dylan Terry

      BATTLE SCARS

      Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was left a bloody mess after clashing with Crystal Palace forward Odsonne Edouard.

      The 28-year-old centre-back went up for a header but collided with Edouard and went down in a heap on the floor towards the end of the match.

      Medics rushed to the England international’s aid and swiftly dealt with what looked like a nasty gash above his eye.

      He was pictured with blood pouring from the deep cut on his eyebrow as the medical team got to work.

      Maguire eventually got back to his feet but not before he had a black bandage tapped around his head.

    • Dylan Terry

      FRED’S SON CELEBRATES GOAL

      Manchester United midfielder Fred scored in front of his son Benjamin at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

      The Red Devils beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to kick Ralf Rangnick’s spell off with a victory.

    • Dylan Terry

      ‘MORTAL SIN’

      Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has called Donny van de Beek’s lack of progress at Manchester United a ‘mortal sin’ – despite being linked with the Red Devils job.

      Ten Hag has revealed he is still in touch with his ex-ace to offer support but admitted he finds it ‘hard’ to understand how he has not been involved more.

      He told de Volkskrant: “Donny, I find that hard. [It’s a] mortal sin.

      “If you haven’t had a chance yet, then development will also stall. Every now and then you encourage them.”

    • Dylan Terry

      ‘CHAPEAU RONALDO’

      Ralf Rangnick has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo’s off the ball work during Manchester United’s win over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

      Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: “I am very happy with the way the team performed, especially the first half hour, with the pressing, it was exceptional. The only thing missing was the 1-0 or 2-0.

      “The way we defended, we had control of the whole game, the clean sheet was the most important part. These are the things we must improve. We need to keep clean sheets. With just the one training session, I was really impressed. We did much better than expected.

      “We always tried to be on the front foot. We were never not apart from maybe the last five minutes. At all other times we were trying to keep them away from our goal.

      “We wanted to play with two strikers, especially in the central position. By the way, Cristiano Ronaldo’s work off the ball, chapeau.”

    • Dylan Terry

      THE WINNING GOAL

      Here is Fred’s winning goal from the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace yesterday.

    • Dylan Terry

      BETTER CALL SOLE

      Chesterfield mercilessly mocked Paul Scholes as they celebrated knocking Salford out of the FA Cup by mimicking him chewing his daughter’s toenails.

      Scholes caused a social media storm in October when footage emerged showing the Manchester United legend holding daughter Alicia’s foot in his mouth.

      Scholes appeared to be chewing on her big toenail, and Alicia captioned the sole-destroying video: “True Love.”

      On Sunday, Chesterfield travelled to Salford City – owned by Scholes and a host of other ex-Red Devils – for their FA Cup second round tie…

    • Dylan Terry

      RIGHT SAID FRED

      As match-winner Fred left the field at the final whistle, he saw a Manchester United fan holding a placard asking for his shirt.

      The Brazilian, 28, looked slightly surprised and embarrassed but obliged by handing it over.

      The understated midfielder is not used to being the hero of the hour.

      But the signs are he will be a key part of the Ralf Rangnick revolution, just as much as the big stars around him, due to his aggression and work-rate.

      New boss Rangnick was as happy as he was surprised with his winning goal, saying afterwards: “I had to ask my assistant coach if that was Fred’s right foot.

      “I thought he could only shoot with his left. I’m happy for him, it was a beautiful goal with his weak right foot.”

    • Gary Stonehouse

      GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

      Manchester United beat Crystal Palace on Ralf Rangnick’s debut as interim manager at Old Trafford.

      United put together a strong display in a new era that saw them adopting Rangnick’s high possession and high pressing tactics.

      Fred broke the deadlock on 77 minutes when he fired a stunning curling shot from the edge of the box past Vicente Guaita.

      The Red Devils came close to an earlier goal when Alex Telles delivered a free kick from the right but hit Guaita’s crossbar after 68 minutes.

      Palace also came close to a goal two minutes before Fred’s winner when a ball came in from a corner-kick down the right and James Tomkins got the header at the far post.

      The ball reached Jordan Ayew on the other side and his shot just missed David de Gea’s bottom right corner.

      Rangnick is “more than happy” with United’s win over Palace for three reasons.

      The ex-RB Leipzig boss said: “I’m more than happy. First of all, most importantly, we won the game. Second, we had a clean sheet, third I think we no doubt deserved to win, because we had control of the game.

      “I suppose it [United’s possession] was more than 60 per cent, and we didn’t give them that many chances to score. To be honest I was positively surprised by the performance of the players. I didn’t expect us to play at that level after only one-and-a-half training days together with them.

      “The first half-hour was amazing, it was high intensity, high speed, high tempo – the only thing that was missing was scoring one or two goals”.

      Meanwhile, Aston Villa star John McGinn is targeted by United following Rangnick’s arrival at the helm, according to SunSport’s Duncan Wright.

      The Red Devils are looking for midfield reinforcement amid the uncertainty surrounding the futures of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek.

      Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips and West Ham’s Declan Rice have been touted as potential options.

      But Scotland international McGinn has also caught the eye with his influential performances for club and country.

      Finally, United are keeping tabs on Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong ahead of the January transfer window.

      According to El Nacional, the Manchester giants are very keen on De Jong but are not willing to offer more than £47million.

      That is £18m less than what Barca paid Ajax for the midfielder’s signature in 2019.

      However, the report adds the Blaugrana would not even consider accepting an offer lower than £60m for the Netherlands international.

    • Kostas Lianos

      RALF PATCH

      Interim manager Ralf Rangnick can guide Manchester United to the top four, according to Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson.

      Lawrenson believes Rangnick’s experience will help United finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League.

      He told LFC TV: “To be honest with you, and as loathe as I am to say it, I think Manchester United will finish fourth.

      “I think this new guy coming in, I think he knows what he’s doing”

    • Kostas Lianos

      RONALDO MESSAGE

      Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo took to social media after the team’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

      Ronaldo played a big part in the result, which kicked off Ralf Rangick’s era on the right foot.

      The star forward posted a photo of himself with the following caption: “Step by step, we stand United!”

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      A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano)

    • Kostas Lianos

      FRED REACTS

      Manchester United ace Fred described the victory over Crystal Palace as “magical” after scoring the winner.

      The midfielder broke the deadlock on 77 minutes with a stunning curling shot past Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

      The Brazil international posted a picture of himself celebrating on Instagram and captioned it with: “What a magical afternoon.

      “Thanks God!”

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      A post shared by Fred Rodrigues (@fred08oficial)

    • Kostas Lianos

      MORE FROM DALOT

      Manchester United ace Diogo Dalot downplayed the amount of change that has taken place just three days after Ralf Rangnick took over.

      Dalot said: “It is difficult to change anything in two or three days.

      “I mean we have to have our self motivation as well to come to these games and fight for the club, fight for the fans.

      “The last two or three games we had good results so we wanted to keep the momentum. The fans have done a lot especially these last two games at home.

      “We want to keep going, we want to keep winning and hopefully with clean sheets”

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    • Kostas Lianos

      DALOT REACTS

      Manchester United ace Diogo Dalot praised “underdog” Fred after he scored the first goal of the Ralf Rangnick era.

      Dalot told MUTV after the victory over Crystal Palace: “He is the underdog.

      “Everybody can criticise him but he keeps his head clean, he goes inside the pitch and every game he gives everything that he has – that is what this club is about.

      “Even if you lose a ball, even if you lose a shot on goal you are always going to try next and you are always going to fight for the team. That’s what we want.

      “Players like that are what we want”

    • Kostas Lianos

      MORE FROM TEN HAG

      Ajax manager Erik ten Hag admits he is ready for the next step in his career amid rumours linking him with the Manchester United job but insists he is not chasing it.

      Ten Hag said: “I think I’m ready for it [the next step]. I would be happy to take up that challenge.

      “But I’m not chasing it. If it turns out that that step will never come, I will not say that my coaching career has failed.

      “But I think I have sufficient competencies to take on that challenge”

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