Ralf Rangnick explains how he will develop Mason Greenwood

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has explained that he wants to develop Mason Greenwood “physically and mentally”.

Greenwood led the line for United during Wednesday evening’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Young Boys and scored his fifth goal of the season with an improvised acrobatic volley.

It was the youngster’s first start since a recent short spell on the sidelines with COVID-19 and he was impressive throughout the contest at Old Trafford.

Rangnick has long been famed for player development and was overseeing Red Bull Salzburg’s football operations when Erling Haaland joined the club from Molde in Norway.

There has been enormous hope that Greenwood will progress to a world class level ever since he broke into the United first-team in 2019. Rangnick is certain with the right coaching it will be possible.

“He’s a massive talent. Left foot, right foot, good on the ball, also the way that he set up the goal for Fred on Sunday,” the boss is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.

“Still, it’s about continuity, he has to develop physically but technically, for his age, he is a great player. My job is to develop him, to make an athlete out of him, and if he manages to do that can be a regular player for this club.

“Sometimes he looks a bit not on an athletic level. I think we have to develop him there physically, but technically all the things he can do with the ball are outstanding.

“I am not so much worried about his technical level. We need to develop him physically and mentally and if we manage to do that he can become a regular player and an invaluable player for our club in the future.”

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Gini Wijnaldum offered on loan to several Premier League clubs

Gini Wijnaldum’s representatives have sounded out several Premier League and European clubs with a view to a loan move in January, 90min understands.

The 31-year-old joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer after they beat Barcelona to his signature upon the expiry of his contract at Liverpool.

PSG handed him a huge financial package worth in excess of £300,000 per week, but the midfielder’s playing time has been limited with just eight starts under Mauricio Pochettino so far this season.

Wijnaldum has grown increasingly concerned about his lack of minutes and he has held talks with the club management and hierarchy about his predicament, while sources with knowledge of the situation have told 90min that intermediaries are working on finding him a potential loan move in the new year.

PSG realise that should they sanction a move – which is far from guaranteed – they will have to cover a significant portion of his hefty wages, and as such a move back to England is probably the best option for him, although clubs in Germany, Italy and Spain have also been informed of his potential availability.

One of the teams approached to have shown some interest is the Dutchman’s former side Newcastle United, who would have the resources to offer PSG an enticing structure following their takeover by a Saudi-backed consortium in October.

However, 90min understands that Wijnaldum’s former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is ready to go to battle with the Magpies as he bids to take the midfielder to Everton.

Benitez is a big fan of the player following their brief time together at St. James’ Park in 2016, while the Netherlands international admitted he loved working with the Spaniard after moving to Liverpool from Newcastle, saying: “It was great playing for him, I learned a lot.

“He is really good at making a team with the type of players he has and he is also a man who knows how to get every bit of potential out of you. I was happy that he was there.”

As well as Newcastle and Everton it is believed that more than half the Premier League have been approached, and among those not to dismiss the idea of a loan are Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham, Leicester and Aston Villa.

Wijnaldum’s representatives are now set to continue talks with PSG about the prospect of getting him out of the Parc des Princes in the new year, although the final decision will rest with the French giants.

RB Leipzig appoint Domenico Tedesco as new head coach

RB Leipzig have appointed Domenico Tedesco as new head coach following the departure of former boss Jesse Marsch earlier this month.

Stepping up from Red Bull Salzburg, Marsch had only arrived in the summer as a replacement for Julian Nagelsmann but his exit followed three successive Bundesliga defeats that has left Leipzig in the bottom half of the table.

Tedesco arrives at Red Bull Arena on a contract until the end of next season. He is only 36 but landed his first top flight job with Schalke when he was just 31. He was sacked by Schalke in 2019 but was appointed at Spartak Moscow later that year and left at the end of his contract in summer.

With only modest playing days to his name, Tedesco, whose family moved from Italy to Germany when he was a toddler, is a career coach, starting out as an assistant with Stuttgart’s Under-17 over 13 years ago in the summer of 2008.

Tedesco is joined in Leipzig by assistants Andreas Hinkel and Max Urwantschky, who are added to the existing coaching staff of Marco Kurth (assistant), Frederik Gossling (goalkeeping) and Ruwen Faller, Kai Kraft and Daniel Behlau (fitness). Achim Beierlorzer has left the club.

Tedesco will lead his first training session as Leipzig boss on Thursday afternoon, before taking charge of his first game when Borussia Monchengladbach visit on Saturday.

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Marcelo set to join Fluminense at the end of the season

Marcelo is set to end his 15-year stay at Real Madrid this summer, with a free transfer to Brazilian side Fluminense looking likely.

The left-back joined Los Blancos all the way back in 2007 and will depart as an undisputed club legend.

Marcelo has made well over 500 appearances for Real in all competitions, registering 38 goals and 101 assists – quite staggering numbers for a defender who spent his career playing in a back four. He has helped the club win a host of major honours too, including five La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and four Club World Cups.

In more recent times though, Marcelo has become a more marginal figure in the first team. Over the past few seasons a combination of injuries, poor form and the emergence of Ferland Mendy has restricted his playing time, with the Brazilian featuring just 16 times in La Liga last campaign.

This has been followed by merely a handful of appearances this term and with his contract set to expire in the summer, AS report that the defender’s days in the Spanish capital are numbered.

The club are not considering offering him fresh terms with Marcelo expected to return to boyhood side Fluminense, whom he left to join Real back in 2007.

The 33-year-old will be eager to depart the Santiago Bernabeu on a high, and he has a good chance of doing so if his side can keep up their current form.

Real currently sit top of La Liga, eight points clear of Sevilla in second, having only lost one of their opening 16 games. They also breezed through to the Champions League last 16, sealing top spot in their group with a 2-0 victory over ten-man Inter on the final matchday.

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Thomas Muller gives brutal verdict on Barcelona after Champions League exit

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller delivered a damning assessment on Barcelona following his side’s comfortable 3-0 victory over the Blaugrana on Wednesday night.

The result meant Barça finished third in Group E, sending them down into the Europa League for the remainder of the season. It was the latest blow in what has been a calamitous campaign for the Catalan giants.

As well as faltering in Europe, they are also a staggering 16 points off the pace in La Liga, and even six adrift of the top four. Off the field, things are similarly bleak with the club’s massive debt leading to the departure of several top players including Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

Despite Barcelona’s struggles, Muller was not in a sympathetic mood after helping dump them out of the Champions League.

“I think Barça can’t cope with the intensity. Technically, they have it all, they are great players tactically and technically,” he said after the game.

“But they can’t cope with the intensity in top football.”

Muller scored the opening goal of the game, turning in Robert Lewandowski’s cross with a looping header. Leroy Sane then made it 2-0 before the break, with his thundering effort from range beating the weak wrists of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Jamal Musiala put the game beyond all doubt on the hour mark, tapping home Alphonso Davies’ cut-back.

Barcelona now await which of the continent’s second-tier clubs they will be facing off against in the first knockout round of the Europa League.

At full-time Xavi did not hide his frustration at having exited the Champions League at the first hurdle.

“I’m angry,” Xavi said. “This is the reality and it pisses me off. We have to tackle it face on. There’s nothing else for it. A new era starts today. We start from zero.

“I have seen a very harsh reality, unfortunately sometimes I also lived it as a player and what I have said to the players, we do not have to settle, we have to reveal ourselves. It is difficult to assume it but it is what there is and we need to start from scratch.

“I hoped we would compete better, but we have to be honest and we lack many things. They [Bayern] have been better, superior and although we have tried and pressed hard, they have submitted us, contrary to what we want and this is the harsh reality.”

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