“I don’t think you could get a better one” – Owen Hagreaves names ideal candidate to be appointed Man Utd sporting director

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Manchester United legend Owen Hargreaves has urged the club to appoint former RB Leipzig director of football Ralf Rangnick as the club’s sporting director.

The experienced German was an integral part of Leipzig’s success over the years and is seen as one of the best sporting directors in world football.

Rangnick is currently out of a job having left the German side last year, and former United midfielder Hargreaves believes he is the ideal man for the Red Devils to appoint as director of football.

He told BT Sports: “I don’t think you could get a better one. The recruitment, the detail, everything. He’s almost perfect for the job. He’s got experience, he’s been in big jobs.

“He was the architect behind that RB Leipzig project, getting to a Champions League semi-finals with players that wouldn’t get in any of the top teams.

“Going and getting Julian Nagelsmann to take them to the next level. His attention to detail is second to none. He’d be perfect for Manchester United.

“You think about Naby Keita, Mane, Joshua Kimmich, Haaland, all those players that come through him. A sporting director should get players that we don’t really know – that makes it really interesting – to sign players like Kylian Mbappe, that’s easy.

“But finding those hidden gems, those next ones – like Haaland – that’s what they should be doing. Ralf Rangnick does that time and time again.”