Ralf Rangnick is already looking to solve Manchester United’s ‘biggest issue’ with La Liga side Sevilla reportedly preparing for a January transfer raid. Rangnick took over as Red Devils boss on Friday after seeing caretaker Michael Carrick lead them to a 3-2 win over Arsenal.
That has left United sitting seventh in the Premier League, with qualification for the Champions League now the top target.
One of the Red Devils’ biggest problems this season has been their defence, with United owning the worst defensive record in the top seven.
They have conceded 24 goals in 14 games, an average of more than 1.7 per 90 minutes, and it is an issue that Rangnick has quickly identified.
“The major target for me is just to bring more balance to the team,” Rangnick said in his first press conference as United boss.
“We conceded two goals yesterday and if you look at the total of number of goals conceded, it is an average of two a game.
It is stated that United are ‘well placed’ to bid for Kounde, who has impressed in La Liga since joining Sevilla from Bordeaux in 2019.
He has been a regular starter under Julen Lopetegui this season, making 17 appearances in all competitions.
Sevilla have kept seven clean sheets with Kounde in the line-up which has helped them to fourth place in La Liga, with the joint-best defensive record in the division.
But the Frenchman has not hidden the fact that he believes he is ready to move on from the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
Chelsea appeared to be the most likely to sign him, but a potential deal collapsed on deadline day of the summer window.
That has opened the door to United, with Rangnick keen to boost his defensive options as he looks to guide his new side into the top four.
Sevilla are said to have already lined up a replacement for Kounde in the form of Barcelona outcast Clement Lenglet.
That suggests that a move could gather pace quickly, with a move for Kounde being an early statement of intent from United’s new boss.