‘I wouldn’t say fourth is the minimum’: Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick hints he may be targeting higher than a Champions League place and admits he has not discussed January transfers
Ralf Rangnick insists there is still a lot more potential to unlock from his Manchester United side outside of just achieving a top four finish.
The Red Devils climbed into the top six with a comfortable 3-1 win over Burnley on Thursday thanks to goals from Scott McTominay, Cristiano Ronaldo and a deflected Jadon Sancho strike.
Victory took United into the top six in the table and just four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with a game in hand.
Ralf Rangnick believes there is still more to come from his Manchester United side this term
But Rangnick hinted his team could have higher targets for the rest of the campaign following a polished performance to end the year at Old Trafford.
‘I wouldn’t say fourth is the minimum,’ Rangnick told Amazon Prime. ‘It is about taking next development steps.
‘Now eight games in a row without a defeat. It is about taking next steps.’
With the January transfer window opening on Saturday, United supporters are hoping that Rangnick could bring in players to help improve the squad similar in the manner to Bruno Fernandes’ arrival mid-season two years ago.
United impressed on Thursday night to comfortably defeat a plucky Burnley side 3-1
United moved into sixth with the win and just four points behind Arsenal with a game in hand
However, Rangnick has remained cautious of the idea of bolstering the squad he inherited from predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and admitted he had not even discussed potential transfer options with the club
‘My focus is on the current players. As I said, we have enough players in the squad, so there is no lack of number of players’, he added.
‘Transfers in the winter only make sense if they really help you, if they increase the quality. So far, we haven’t spoken about that. My focus in the last couple of weeks was on the current squad.’
Rangnick was impressed with his side including forward Edinson Cavani during the win
Meanwhile, Rangnick was full of praise for his United forwards in the win over Burnley, insisting it was ‘a lot better’ than their previous game where criticised for a 1-1 draw at struggling Newcastle.
‘As expected it was a very tough physical game against a team who play very physical. We also showed the qualities we have in our team. It was important today to raise the energy level,’ he said.
‘The whole team performance was a lot better, I was pleased with the performances of our wingers. Jadon did well and Mason. Eddie and Cristiano, the work effort was amazing.