Despite January departures from Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick sends warning to Manchester United players after Martial and Van de Beek exits
Ralf Rangnick insists that there is still competition for positions at the club.
In January, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, and Amad all signed loan deals with Sevilla, Everton, and Rangers, respectively, until the conclusion of the season. Following those departures, United was reduced to a 23-man roster for the remainder of the Premier League season.
Last Monday, United named a 23-man team for the remainder of the Premier League season, including four goalkeepers.
The Premier League’s rules spell out each club’s legal status. The roster limit of 25 players does not include players under the age of 21.
Rangnick was asked about competition for positions in his pre-match news conference ahead of the Reds’ encounter against Burnley, and the German argued that despite the departures of Martial and Van de Beek, there is still competitiveness in the squad.
“Yes, there is always competition,” says the narrator “Rangnick confirmed to United’s internal media.
“In the present squad, we have two players competing for each slot in each position. It doesn’t matter if it’s a right-back, a center-back, a 6 or an 8, two central strikers, or wingers.
“We presently play most of the game in a 4-3-3 formation with one holding 6 and two 8s, and, as I mentioned, on the wing positions, we have two players on each side now that Jesse has decided to stay.
“Finally, the players must determine who plays based on the quality of their training and game performances.”