New Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has been settling into life at Old Trafford and will have been spending his time trying to find solutions to the problems which have been ongoing at the club over the last few years.
United currently sit sixth in the league, with only two wins from their last five in the division, a rate which will need to be improved upon if they want to be in contention for a Champions League spot at the end of the season.
Rangnick has already displayed heavy rotation during his two games in charge so far, which will give the German a fair idea of which areas need work and where he can add quality in the upcoming transfer window.
The lack of a trustworthy defensive midfielder has been a constant theme in this Red Devils side, but it’s a problem to which Rangnick may already have the solution with a player he has coached in the past.
Tyler Adams, who currently plays for RB Leipzig, has been speculated to be in for a move to Old Trafford in January to help the 63-year-old establish a good start in his interim reign as Manchester United manager.
Rangnick, who worked with Adams at Leipzig when he was doubling up duties as first team coach and sporting director, called the 22-year-old “unbelievable” and compared him to Joshua Kimmich.
“Like Joshua, Tyler has an unbelievable will to win. He wants to win every match and every training game. He wants to improve and listens. He’s never satisfied. The sky is the limit,” the United boss told Bundesliga.com.
The Red Devils’ hunt for a new defensive midfielder has been long-awaited and it was thought that this would’ve happened in the summer under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. For whatever reason, the position was not strengthened, but now Rangnick could bring in the perfect man for the job with the £18m-rated American gem.
It may just be the missing piece which could take Manchester United back to where they belong, inside the top four, especially when combining Adams experience in defensive midfield with Bruno Fernandes’ creative flair. Together they could be quite the force and build a working partnership which glues together the defence and the forward line perfectly.
Out of 157 appearances in his senior career, Adams has featured 113 times as a holding midfielder, which means he could offer United a lot of experience in the role. Also, after working with Rangnick, he should not struggle to understand the German’s vision and ways of working, comfortably integrating into the team.
Rangnick should work fast to secure the signing of the 20-year-old, ensuring that the Red Devils can go into the second half of the season full of confidence, with strong options in every position.
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