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Amadou Haidara has explained his best positions to Ralf Rangnick amid Manchester United links

Amadou Haidara has explained his best positions to Ralf Rangnick amid Manchester United links
After being amongst the Premier League's biggest spenders during the summer transfer window, all eyes will be on Manchester United to see if they invest further in the squad in January. As reported by the Manchester Evening News , the club is set to prioritise trying to sign a new defensive-minded midfielder to try and…

After being amongst the Premier League’s biggest spenders during the summer transfer window, all eyes will be on Manchester United to see if they invest further in the squad in January.

As reported by the Manchester Evening News , the club is set to prioritise trying to sign a new defensive-minded midfielder to try and bolster interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s options in the centre of midfield.

Rangnick, so far, has adopted a 4-2-2-2 formation at Old Trafford, meaning United play with two deep-lying midfielders and two advanced playmakers.

Whilst Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho have, so far, cemented themselves as the advanced midfield pairing, Scott McTominay and Fred have sat a little deeper, helping United to two Premier League wins from two under Rangnick.

However, United’s need for a world-class deep-lying midfielder has been highlighted on numerous occasions in the last 18 months or so, with the club having been linked with an array of midfielders, including England duo Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham.

Now, the Manchester Evening News understands, RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara has become of interest to the Reds. The Mali international is no stranger to Rangnick following their time together at Leipzig and the latter is believed to be keen on working with him once again.

Haidara, who turns 24 at the end of next month, is considered to be a player with bags of potential and no shortage of promise.

If United were to turn to him to solve their midfield conundrum, the Leipzig ace could be just the sort of player that they have been missing, with Haidara previously admitting that his favourite role is to operate as either a No.6 or a No.8, which is just the sort of position that United have needed to strengthen for no shortage of time.

Speaking last month, Haidara told RedBull.com : “I feel at my best when I’m in position 6 or 8. But last season the coach [Julian Nagelsmann] used to put me a bit everywhere.

“I wanted to show him he could trust me in any position, and that helped me a lot.”

Considering he has experience playing in those two roles, Haidara could be just the ticket for Rangnick, as he looks to put his own stamp of authority on his United squad.

As a youngster, Haidara looked up to former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard, insisting he was a figure that “inspired” him.

“He was a fighter, a captain who never gives up,” Haidara added. “When I was kid, I used to watch all his Premier League games. He was so intense – and that’s what I want to show on the pitch as well.

“He inspired me a lot.”

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