Ralf Rangnick has claimed it is 'pretty obvious' that Manchester United need to sign three new strikers this summer, while insisting Cristiano Ronaldo's future is a matter for incoming boss Erik ten Hag to resolve.
Ten Hag was confirmed as United's new permanent manager last month, with the Ajax head coach set to replace interim boss Rangnick at the end of the season.
Following a poor campaign which looks likely to leave them without Champions League football next term, Ten Hag has a number of issues to iron out when he arrives at Old Trafford.
But Rangnick, who will take on a consultancy role with the Red Devils this summer, is adamant that his successor will lift United up the table very quickly.
Ralf Rangnick says it is 'pretty obvious' that Manchester United need to sign three new strikers
'Knowing Erik will be the manager, with a good recruitment process and bringing in the right players, I'm very positive the supporters and the media will be able to see a better team and, at the end, hopefully a better position in the league,' he told Sky Sports.
'There are quite a few good examples in the league with when Jurgen Klopp came to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola to Manchester City, Thomas Tuchel came to Chelsea - yes, he came in the middle of the season and inherited a top-quality squad, but you still need to win the Champions League.
'If you know what you're looking for, the profiles of the different positions you need, it shouldn't hopefully take too long.'
One of the biggest dilemmas Ten Hag will be faced with comes in the shape of Ronaldo, whose future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months.
United are set to miss out on Champions League football following a poor 2021/22 campaign
Incoming boss Erik ten Hag has a number of issues to address when he arrives in Manchester
One of them is the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, who many believe will not fit into his system
Many believe United are not as hard-working off the ball when he is in the side, which could pose a problem for the new boss given his philosophy to press from the front.
When asked about the 37-year-old's future, Rangnick said: 'This is a question you need to ask Erik ten Hag. He's showed that he can still be a vital part of this team, but it's obvious the team needs some more strikers.'
Amongst others, United have been linked with moves for Tottenham frontman Harry Kane and Benfica forward Darwin Nunez, and Rangnick added: 'There should be two or three new strikers next season, it's pretty obvious.'
United were touted as potential title challengers when Ronaldo and Raphael Varane arrived last summer, but a miserable start to the season resulted in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer losing his job.
Rangnick has been unable to transform their fortunes since taking the reins, and with just 15 wins to show for their 35 league outings United are now set to miss out on a place in the top four down in sixth.
Rangnick says Ten Hag will need to be equipped with three new strikers in the summer
United have been linked with moves for Tottenham's Harry Kane and Benfica's Darwin Nunez
The interim manager is well aware that significant changes need to be made this summer, admitting 'minor corrections' will not be enough.
'No matter which club, it is always necessary and important that you need an idea,' he said. 'You need to know how you want to play, what kind of profiles do we need because if you do not do that, you're always looking for the needle in the haystack.
'This is what I meant when I said "open heart surgery". I don't think it's enough to do some minor corrections and amendments. I think it's important to see the big picture and then hopefully bring in the best possible players.
'They should also fit together, this is also an issue, it is not only about bringing some players for defence, midfield and up front, it's also important you get to know the personality of the players and that they really fit and are able to meet the standards of this big club.'
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