• Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has been vocal about his stance on transfers
  • Rangnick has made a shocking confirmation ahead of the January transfer window
  • The 63-year-old had previously hinted at what type of players he would want to sign

Manchester United’s overall recuperation will include signing a formidable player in the January transfer window.

After just two games, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has already figured out what the club needs in order to get back to its winning ways.

It can be recalled that the Red Devils were considered among the winners of the previous transfer window, having signed the likes of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. However, Rangnick stressed the need to sign a “high-quality” player with a “winning mentality” in January.

"My opinion on winter [January] transfers is clear: it needs to be a player who would improve the quality and help the team to get better," Rangnick told reporters, including Manchester Evening News. "So it needs to be a high-quality player no matter which area of the pitch."

"He also needs to have the right mentality, not just the right quality," the manager added. "For this competitive league, we need the best possible mentality. He needs to be mature enough, he needs to have a winning mentality. For me, the mentality is more crucial in this league than any other in the world."

Rangnick went on to explain that regardless of the kind of player Manchester United signs, what matters most is that he should be able to help the team.

Ralf Rangnick
Ralf Rangnick, Manager of RB Leipzig looks on prior to the DFB Cup final between RB Leipzig and Bayern Muenchen at Olympiastadion on May 25, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images

Prior to Rangnick’s debut at Old Trafford, his real stance on transfers was one of the things he addressed.

According to the 63-year-old German tactician, while he’s open to signing aging veterans who can still perform, it’s still better to splurge money on younger players who have potential.

“If you pay big money for a 30-year-old and he’s still good enough to make you successful, I don’t mind that,” the gegenpressing master previously explained to The Guardian.

“But you have to be aware the money is only being invested in the potential success over the next two or three years and you won’t get any return. I think it always makes more sense to sign a player at 21 or 22 and if you have to pay a big fee, you have the chance to develop him into a player who is worth even more,” he continued.

An earlier report said that Rangnick has already earmarked Chelsea’s Timo Werner as his first target signing as Manchester United boss. However, nothing is concrete between all parties for now.