The Treble column: June 30

Tyrell Malacia to Manchester United is a deal Ralf Rangnick would be proud of

Ralf Rangnick’s spell at Manchester United is probably not one we will look back on fondly, certainly when it comes to results.

Rangnick’s strengths lay in recruitment, and it was eyebrow-raising when it was announced he would be leaving permanently and not taking up the proposed two-year consultancy role.

Well, some of Rangnick’s advice may have been heeded behind the scenes at least, because the deal United have struck for Tyrell Malacia is one the German would have been proud to have concluded for RB Leipzig.

Malacia is 22, and already a Netherlands international. He is set to cost just £15 million, The Times reports.

This is a very shrewd investment, a sensitive use of funds, which United can offset by selling one or two unwanted players.

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Malacia’s top traits include his aggressive tackling, his bravery, and his fitness. These are all aspects of a player’s game which Rangnick regarded highly, and Erik ten Hag evidently feels similarly.

This is a low-risk deal for United with a lot of upside. Somewhere in Austria, Rangnick is proudly looking towards this deal. Maybe the club listened to his advice after all.

A summer of hard truths awaits for some of Manchester United’s players

Some of Manchester United’s players may not see the ax coming. It may not be swift, but it could be ruthless.

Erik ten Hag is going to give United’s stars a clean slate this summer, except for those who have already decided they want to leave, ESPN report.

But that doesn’t mean he is granting them a place in his 2022/23 squad. If he does not like what he sees in pre-season, Ten Hag may have to deliver some upsetting news to certain players.

United want players who want to play for the club, and that’s great, but a desire to represent Manchester United is not an automatic pass to the first team.

A summer of hard truths awaits. When it gets the first league games in August, a few players may find themselves out of the matchday squads, and scrambling to find new clubs by the transfer deadline.

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Chelsea have done United no favors with big Raphinha fee

Manchester United’s valuation of Brazilian winger Antony differs wildly from Ajax’s, with the Dutch club demanding £69 million for his signature, The Times report.

So a bidding war for another Brazilian winger, Raphinha, has not exactly worked in United’s favour.

Fabrizio Romano reports Chelsea have agreed a fee of £60 million for the winger, amid competition from Arsenal and Barcelona.

Sky Sports report Tottenham are set to pay £60 million to sign Richarlison from Everton.

These fees help justify Ajax’s stance to demand big money for Antony, who while not yet proven in the Premier League, has the potential to be the best of all three.

Dan is still wondering what would have happened if United had kept Juan Veron…

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