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Man Utd receive Pogba contract boost as Ronaldo tipped for transfer exit

Incoming interim manager Ralf Rangnick will have plenty on his to-do list when he finally arrives at Manchester United, with the January transfer window opening in just over a month

Press conference with Manchester United’s caretaker manager Michael Carrick ahead of his side’s Premier League match against Chelsea

The imminent arrival of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season at is sure to shake things up at Manchester United.

The Red Devils have underperformed badly so far this season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked after they dropped to ninth in the Premier League.

Former RB Leipzig chief Rangnick is the man entrusted with saving their campaign, with the German renowned for his expertise in the transfer market.

That expertise will certainly be put to good use in January, with United set to be active as Rangnick looks to overhaul the Red Devils’ failing squad.

Here, Mirror Football rounds up the latest United transfer news…

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United handed Pogba contract boost

Manchester United are attempting to tie down Paul Pogba to a new contract

One of the priorities for Rangnick when he is finally confirmed is sorting out the future of Paul Pogba.

The French international is out of contract at the end of the season and has so far been unwilling to sign a new deal.

But United have now received a boost in their attempts to come to an agreement with the midfielder after Real Madrid reportedly called off their attempts to sign him.

According to Marca, Los Blancos are ‘not willing’ to sign Pogba as they believe he would not fit into their squad.

Madrid was though to be Pogba’s preferred destination, but the La Liga giants are instead focusing their attention of tying down Luka Modric to a new contract.

Pogba will now be forced to reassess his options and with his favoured club now off the table, the possibility of an extended stay at United has grown.

Spurs lead United in Majer race

Manchester United are battling with Spurs for Croatian international Lovro Majer

Manchester United have reportedly fallen behind Tottenham in the race to sign Rennes star Lovro Majer.

The Croatian midfielder has impressed since returning from a hip injury which ruled him out for the first few weeks of the season, scoring six goals and notching six assists.

He is unlikely to depart Brittany in the January window, but a number of clubs are understood to be eyeing a move next summer.

According to Homme du Match, Spurs, Bayern Munich and United are all interested in signing the 23-year-old.

He only arrived at Roazhon Park last summer, but it is stated that the level of interest in him means that Rennes will find it ‘difficult’ to keep the midfielder.

It is stated that Spurs are currently the ‘most interested’ club, with Antonio Conte’s men having placed Majer at the top of their summer shopping list.

Ronaldo tipped for exit

Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped to leave United if results do not improve

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson believes that Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Manchester United next summer if Rangnick cannot turn their form around.

United are 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea and Merson believes the Portuguese superstar will leave Old Trafford if they fail to finish in the top four.

“Manchester United needing an interim manager is a shambles – and Cristiano Ronaldo might decide to walk away in the summer,” Merson wrote in a column for the Daily Star.

“He won’t be hanging around if they don’t finish in the top four because he will want to end his career in the Champions League.

“And that doesn’t look terribly likely right now because United are a mess and will probably get thrashed by Chelsea this weekend.

“It might actually suit all parties if he leaves anyway because if they appoint Mauricio Pochettino and he wants to press from the front, you’re not doing that with Ronaldo.”

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