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Man United manager Ralf Rangnick called Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi “top talent” in England, hailed Emile Smith Rowe, “desperate to sign Joe Gomez” but not a Luke Shaw fan


A new era at Manchester United is upon us with Ralf Rangnick set to take the reins at Old Trafford.

The German is expected to be named the Premier League club’s interim manager on a six-month basis after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure.

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Rangnick was a big fan of Emile Smith Rowe during his brief loan spell in Germany

He has already marked English football with his protégés Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Ralph Hasenhuttl adopting all his methods.

Rangnick, who approached the England post himself before Sam Allardyce was appointed, has had an eye on emerging domestic talent in the Premier League for years.

In his own words, the 63-year-old “desperately wanted to sign Joe Gomez” to RB Leipzig as he snubbed Jamie Vardy for being too old.

But what does Rangnick think of the current crop of English Premier League internationals? talkSPORT.com has all the details …

Man United manager Ralf Rangnick called Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi “top talent” in England, hailed Emile Smith Rowe, “desperate to sign Joe Gomez” but not a Luke Shaw fan

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Sancho could be special for Rangnick

Jadon Sancho

Bundesliga reporter Kevin Hatchard told talkSPORT that Sancho would suit Rangnick’s playing style perfectly.

And it looks like the man himself is okay with trying to sign him when he was a young Manchester City player before joining Borussia Dortmund.

He told Sky Sports in 2020: “We had been looking for him for four years in Leipzig and we even met Jadon, his family and his agent three years ago.

“[Then RB Leipzig manager] Ralph Hasenhuttl and I met them in London but unfortunately he decided to go to Borussia Dortmund afterwards.

“It would have been a very expensive transfer for us, but in the end Jadon decided to join Dortmund. Its evolution over the past three years has been incredible.

“He is currently one of the best offensive wing players in Europe.

“If you look at his stats last season in the Bundesliga, he scored 18 goals and 18 assists. As a winger these stats are phenomenal and currently in Europe I don’t see any other player with his combination of pace, being dangerous in front of goal and ability to get assists.

“He is one of the greatest talents in Europe and Dortmund know he is one of the most important players in his team.”

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Man United manager Ralf Rangnick called Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi “top talent” in England, hailed Emile Smith Rowe, “desperate to sign Joe Gomez” but not a Luke Shaw fan

Rangnick spotted Sancho as a teenager for England U17 in Portugal

Man United manager Ralf Rangnick called Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi “top talent” in England, hailed Emile Smith Rowe, “desperate to sign Joe Gomez” but not a Luke Shaw fan

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Sancho’s excellent career in Germany led to a big money transfer to Man United where Rangnick can finally work with him

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Rangnick first watched Sancho in 2017 for England U17s in a European qualifier in Portugal which Hudson-Odoi also played.

He has since admitted that he would love to have signed both players, but Hudson-Odoi has ultimately decided to stay at Chelsea – where he is now thriving under Rangnick-inspired Tuchel.

Speaking to Sky, he said: “I met the boy two or three years ago with his family and his agent when we were very interested in him for Leipzig.

“In the end, we couldn’t convince him to join us, instead he renewed his contract with Chelsea at the time.”

He later added: “Callum, back from his ACL surgery, he will become one of the best talents in England.

“It will be interesting to see what happens with him in the future.”

Man United manager Ralf Rangnick called Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi “top talent” in England, hailed Emile Smith Rowe, “desperate to sign Joe Gomez” but not a Luke Shaw fan

Hudson-Odoi (far left) was on the same team as Sancho (far right) and also impressed

Man United manager Ralf Rangnick called Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi “top talent” in England, hailed Emile Smith Rowe, “desperate to sign Joe Gomez” but not a Luke Shaw fan

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Hudson-Odoi emerged as a regular first team under Tuchel

Emile Smith Rowe

Rangnick managed to get his hands on the Arsenal star – who has already managed four goals, two assists and a senior debut in England this season.

Smith Rowe spent the second half of the 2018/19 campaign on loan with Leipzig and made a strong impression despite his injuries.

“Emile Smith Rowe will more than likely be in the squad for the first time. He’s been training all week and gives us another option,” Rangnick said in April 2019.

“He showed in training why we loaned him. He has a brilliant mix of good physique, speed and incredibly good shooting technique.

“If the game allows it, it is possible that we bring it in.

Rangnick revealed at the end of the season that he tried to re-sign Smith Rowe on loan before the youngster later joined Huddersfield in January 2020.

Man United manager Ralf Rangnick called Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi “top talent” in England, hailed Emile Smith Rowe, “desperate to sign Joe Gomez” but not a Luke Shaw fan

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Smith Rowe is in exceptional form for club and country

Luke Shaw

Rangnick may relish the prospect of overseeing Sancho’s development, but it looks like his thoughts on his United team-mate are very different.

When asked to identify where the Red Devils could strengthen last year, he said a new left-back was needed.

“I know they have Luke Shaw but I’m not sure he’s still at the level he needs for a club like Manchester United.”

This was said before Shaw set out to prove the skeptics wrong. He had a superb 2020/21 season which saw him earn a left-back spot starting for England in their march to the Euro 2020 final. However, he struggled to replicate his impressive stats this trimester.

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