Ralf Rangnick reveals Man Utd board have blocked January move for strikers including Luis Diaz

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Rangnick’s January hopes were dashed by the United board (Image: Getty)

Ralf Rangnick has revealed that Manchester United board have rejected his attempts to use a striker late in the January transfer window, citing Luis Diaz, Dusan Vlahovic and Julian Alvarez as options the club should have considered.

Anthony Martial left Old Trafford to join Sevilla on loan in January and just three days before the window, Mason Greenwood was suspended indefinitely by the club.

With Edinson Cavani injured, Rangnick appealed to the board to bring up another option, only to have his request denied.

In the same window, Luis Diaz joined Liverpool from Porto for £37m and has since played a key role for Jurgen Klopp in chasing Manchester City in the Premier League race and reaching the Champions League and FA Cup finals

Dusan Vlahovic left Fiorentina to join Juventus despite interest from Arsenal, while Argentina youngster Alvarez agreed to a move to City – a move set to be enforced in the summer.


Vlahovic, Diaz and Alvarez all named as possible options (Picture: Getty)

United were almost entirely dependent on Ronaldo as a result of that January omission as the 37-year-old scored nine of United’s last 13 league goals.

“The answer at the time was no, there wasn’t a player on the market who could really help us – there were a few, Diaz who is at Liverpool now, Alvarez who will be at Manchester City in the summer, Vlahovic who was at the time there was still Fiorentina, those are just three of them that come to mind now,” said Rangnick.

“We had four days off at the time and on Sunday I was told about the problems with Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial had obviously already left and then I was aware that within four days we were missing some strikers and it could make sense, we we were still in three competitions – Champions League, FA Cup and fourth in the league, but that’s in the past and doesn’t help us anymore.

“I spoke to the board and said shouldn’t we at least talk and try to analyze whether we could get a player either on loan or on permanent but in the end the answer was no.

“I still think that if we had found it in 48 hours and been able to, 48 hours is short notice, but it’s still 48 hours, it might have been worth trying, we should at least have tried try and discuss internally, but we did.” t and it was not done.’

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