Ralf Rangnick eyes £50m move for midfielder identified by Sir Alex Ferguson

Ralf Rangnick takes charge of his first match as Manchester United manager against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn remains on Manchester United’s transfer radar as Ralf Rangnick begins his Old Trafford revolution.

The German was confirmed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interim successor on Monday and will take charge of his new team for the first time on Sunday against Crystal Palace.

Bolstering United’s midfield with players capable of fitting into his high pressing style will represent a priority for the 63-year-old who is likely to make Amadou Diarra the first signing of his tenure.

Sir Alex Ferguson wanted Man Utd to sign John McGinn two years ago (Picture: Getty)

United are, however, faced with the prospect of losing Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek in the next six months and with Nemanja Matic nearing the end of his career, United look well short in the centre of the park.

Sir Alex Ferguson was keen for United to sign the Scotland international from Villa two years ago but the Midlands club, now managed by Steven Gerrard, would want upwards of £50million, according to The Sun, for a player who has three-and-a-half years to run on his contract.

During his first press conference as United boss, meanwhile, Rangnick revealed he is yet to speak with his most illustrious predecessor since accepting United’s job offer, but plans to take Ferguson for lunch in the near future.

He said: ‘I have not spoken to Sir Alex because he has just returned from New York and has had to stay at home because of quarantine and covid regulations.

‘But I am very much looking forward to meeting him over the next two or three weeks. Darren Fletcher told me he wants to arrange a mutual lunch or dinner with him.

‘The important thing is to celebrate the DNA this club still has – but to also implement it into the transformation to modern football.

‘In football, you need to have a certain idea – what do we want to stand for? Call it a corporate identity. How do we want to be seen? How do we want to play? How do our fans want us to play?

‘Then you must make sure you have the best possible recruitment and sign the best possible players for this kind of football.

‘And medium and long-term, you need the best manager to develop, coach and train them.’

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