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'The answer was no': Ralf Rangnick admits Manchester United wouldn't let him sign 'unbelievable' Liverpool man

Ralf Rangnick says he tried to get Manchester United to sign Luis Diaz in the summer. The board told him ‘no’, however.

Ralf Rangnick says he wanted Manchester United to sign a forward in January, including Luis Diaz. The United board wasn’t willing, though.

“There were a few [players suggested] – Diaz who is now at Liverpool, [Julian] Alvarez who will be at Man City in the summer, [Duasn] Vlahovic who at the time was still with Fiorentina,” he said, per the Athletic.

“So those are just three of them that come across my mind now.

“I spoke to the board and told them shouldn’t we at least speak and analyse and find if we can at least get a player, on loan or a permanent deal.

“In the end, the answer was no.”

Manchester United tried said no to Luis Diaz

Well, we entirely believe that Rangnick had eyes on Diaz, as well as Alvarez and Vlahovic. They’re all players we suggested on here – let alone an elite manager at the top of the game.

The hype around Diaz was obvious, Alvarez looked like a wonderful talent at River Plate and Vlahovic was scoring goals for fun in Serie A.

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And there was a time when United would snap up at least one of those players in a heartbeat. Instead, it feels as though they’re operating several levels below the likes of Liverpool and City.

Not that we believe United could have beaten Liverpool to Diaz. The Reds clearly thought the world of the Colombian, whereas United clearly didn’t. We’re not even sure they’d have seen him as a first-XI player – though, he clearly would be for them.

Obviously, we’re thrilled with how things turned out. Liverpool got Diaz and he looks world-class. United, as per usual, are left looking a bit silly.

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