Ralf Rangnick was recently appointed as the new sporting director of Manchester United, taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The former RB Leipzig boss has been tasked with overseeing transfers and planning for next season while also aiding in player recruitment.

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Man Utd: Ralf Rangnick on Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek

Ralf Rangnick gives Paul Pogba contract update and sends message to Donny van de Beek

The German coach also disclosed that no transfer targets have been mentioned (Pictures: Getty)

Ralf Rangnick has challenged Paul Pogba to earn a new deal at Manchester United or elsewhere, while praising Donny van de Beek on his loan transfer to Everton.

Pogba’s contract with the Red Devils is coming to an end in the next five months, and he seems certain to depart Old Trafford on a free transfer this summer after contract discussions fell down months ago.

Despite his impending exit, Rangnick has no reservations about playing the Frenchman for the remainder of the season – with United battling for a top-four finish – and has claimed that he has had no transfer negotiations with the club.

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick

Rangnick is delighted to have Pogba back in the squad after his contract dispute (Getty)

Rangnick stated before of United’s FA Cup match against Middlesbrough: ‘I’m glad to have him back in the team, as I indicated he may start tomorrow.’ For me, his best conceivable position is one of the center midfield positions, such as an 8 or 10, but given how we’re now playing, I’d like to see him in the 8, but we’ll have to see; it’s now up to him.

‘His contract is up for renewal in the summer, and if he wants to remain or move someplace else, he must show up.’ It is not just in our club’s best interests, but also in his own personal best interests, that he plays and performs at his best in the coming weeks.

‘We haven’t spoken about it [his future] at all so far, not just about Paul’s status but also about the situation of other players whose contracts expire in the summer, and we haven’t talked about new players either.’

‘My focus now is to have the best possible season, to be as successful as possible, and it is in Paul’s own interest to play at a high level, to have a good performance tomorrow, and to do everything he can to get into the first XI – which will not happen automatically because we have other good players in that area.’

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‘Fred has been performing well in recent weeks, and we have decreased the number of goals we have surrendered since my arrival.’ It’s up to him in the end; the players choose who will be in the starting lineup, and the group is now smaller but still powerful and competitive enough to succeed.

‘I mean, other players have created this kind of football, and although we haven’t played as aggressively as I would have liked, we have grown and improved in the past week.’ Let’s see what happens.

‘I’ll be interested to see how Paul is doing, because, like all the other players, he is a new player for me, and he has the opportunity to demonstrate myself, the club, the supporters, and everyone in England how well and how high a level he can play.’ Let’s simply see what he’s capable of demonstrating and delivering.’

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba

Pogba has been out since the beginning of November (Pictures: Getty)

Meanwhile, Van de Beek joined Everton on loan on deadline day, and Rangnick has made it possible for the Dutchman to return to United in the summer and reclaim his spot in the team.

‘In the end, everything comes down to competitiveness,’ Rangnick concluded. He didn’t have enough playing time, but it doesn’t mean he can’t play in the Premier League or for Manchester United.

‘I’m certain he’ll receive playing time at Everton and demonstrate what sort of player he can be.’ He is a wonderful guy. ‘Having spent the previous nine or ten weeks getting to know him in person, I am certain that he is a terrific team player, and I wish him nothing but the best.’

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