Ralf Rangnick 'urges' Manchester United target to reject switch

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Former Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has seemingly urged one of the club's latest transfer targets to reject a move to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have been linked with a number of players in the past week as they look to bolster the squad that lost its 2022/23 Premier League opening fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

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Earlier this week, it was claimed that VfB Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic has become a target for United, especially as Cristiano Ronaldo's future remains uncertain amid his efforts to leave Old Trafford.  

It is believed, though, that the Manchester club will only make a move for the Austria international if they are able to trim more deadwood from the squad.   

According to Sky Germany, however, Rangnick, who is now Austria's national team manager, may have dealt his former team a massive blow when he suggested recently that Kalajdzic should stay at his current club rather than make the switch to Erik ten Hag's side.

"It is important that Sasa remains injury-free this season and trains and plays at the highest possible level," the German tactician said.

"If he stays in Stuttgart this season, it will not be detrimental to his development."

Rangnick was hired as interim manager by United in November 2021 after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was relieved of his duties, and went on to endure a difficult eight months that saw him win just 11 of his 31 matches in charge.  

He was expected to become a consultant for the club after his spell as head coach, but the German manager and the Red Devils decided to part ways once the 64-year-old took the Austria job.

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