Man United have identified Nordi Mukiele as a possible target for the upcoming winter transfer window. It appears their newly-appointed interim manager Ralf Rangnick is keen on shoring up the Red Devils’ defensive options, especially in the right-back department.
France international is thought to be the desired option for the German manager, who wants to bring back a host of footballers he has worked with in the past. In the case of the RB Leipzig right-back, Mukiele was brought in by Rangnick back in 2018 for a fee of nearly €16m.
Nordi spent the entirety of the 2018/19 season under the coaching of Ralf, playing 19 Bundesliga games. The 24-year-old defender notably made a solid impression during the final phase of the season, leading to a more prominent role for him in the RB Leipzig team under new manager Julian Nagelsmann.
Since joining from Montpellier, the French defender has featured in 126 competitive games for the Bundesliga giants. Although a right-back by trade, he has impressed the onlookers with his ability to play as a centre-back, especially in a back three.
Alternatively, the Frenchman can operate as an attacking wing-back and is very familiar with RB Leipzig’s brand of high-octane, counter-attacking football. Man United’s interest in Mukiele stems from Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s difficult start to the season.
The ex-Crystal Palace right-back has struggled to produce consistent displays, offering very little in attack while making numerous defensive errors. As a result, Man United have set their sights on Nordi Mukiele.