Man Utd will not sign players unvaccinated against Covid-19, says Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick admits Manchester United are not expected to sign unvaccinated players – because of the health risks involved.

Liverpool rival Jurgen Klopp claimed clubs will be reluctant to sign stars who haven't been jabbed, as the Covid crisis continues to run amok through football.

A host of players have contracted the virus, forcing a growing number of games to be postponed.

United interim boss Rangnick agrees with German compatriot Klopp and says United may turn their back on unvaccinated players, because of all the negative consequences it could bring.

Rangnick, whose side travel to Newcastle on Monday, said: "Yes, I think it could be a consideration and I fully understand what Jurgen said.

"But it also depends if you want to sign a player and risk him not being available. This is an issue the clubs seriously have to think about.

"If you sign a player, knowing from the very first day that he's not been vaccinated, you have to be aware that he might not be available – not only for 10 days, but this could happen regularly in Covid times.

"You had the example of Joshua Kimmich, who was extremely hesitant at the beginning and I think in the meantime he has realised it might be a good idea to get vaccinated.

"He caught Covid and he still has some problems with his lungs. Hopefully he’ll be back after Christmas in the New Year at full strength and can play again for Bayern Munich.

"I think this is an issue where of course everybody can and should have his free will, but I think in football, especially at this level we're playing at, we need to try to convince our players to get vaccinated."

United's trip to St James' Park will be their first game for more than two weeks, after their games against Brentford and Brighton were postponed after a Covid outbreak within Rangnick's squad.

The outbreak left Rangnick with just nine available outfield players, but the United boss said the number of double jabbed players within his squad was higher than the Premier League average.

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He added: "To be honest, I don't know which of our players have had two or three vaccinations. This is a question that only our medical department could answer.

"But I know from our medical department that our ratio of vaccinated players is above the average of the Premier League.

"As I said, it may not just happen once, it could happen several times in the future and therefore it should also be in the interests of players to be vaccinated.

"But in the end it's a decision that each club has to take by themselves and find the best possible solution."

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