Ralf Rangnick reveals Man Utd’s attitude to recruiting unvaccinated players


Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has joined other Premier League executives to express hesitation in recruiting unvaccinated players in the future.

Unvaccinated players are not only at risk of becoming more seriously ill if they test positive for Covid-19, but there are also additional quarantine implications as rules in England stipulate that self-isolation in the event of close contact with a positive case is not necessary if fully vaccinated.

Currently, if an unvaccinated player is identified as a close contact with someone else in the squad who has tested positive, they must immediately isolate themselves for ten days. However, those who are double-knit do not have to do it unless they later test positive themselves.

Professional football players have generally been criticized for a perceived reluctance to get vaccinated – a recent survey showed that 25% of EFL players do not intend to do so. But while Rangnick supports freedom of thought, he is worried about including someone in the United squad who could risk repeated periods of self-isolation.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is the most obvious example of another Premier League coach who is strong for covid-19 vaccines and has ruled out recruiting unvaccinated players.

“I think it can be a consideration and I fully understand what Jurgen said. But it also depends on whether you want to recruit a player and risk him not being available. This is an issue that clubs seriously need to consider.” , Rangnick explained in detail, via the Manchester Evening News.

“If you are recruiting a player who knows from day one that he has not been vaccinated, you need to be aware that he may not be available – not just for ten days, but this can happen regularly during Covid times.

“That’s the rules, that’s the case and, as I said, it may not just happen once, it can happen several times in the future and therefore it should also be in the players’ interest to be vaccinated. But as I said, in the end it is a decision which each club must take for themselves and find the best possible solution.

“You had the example of Joshua Kimmich, who was extremely hesitant at first and I think he has meanwhile realized that it might be a good idea to get vaccinated. He caught Covid, he still has problems with his lungs. Hopefully, he’s coming back. after Christmas in the new year with full force and can play again for Bayern Munich.

“I think this is an issue where of course everyone can and should have their free will, but I think in football, especially at this level we play at, we have to try to convince our players to get vaccinated.

“And to be honest, I do not know which of our players have received two or three vaccinations. This is a question that only our medical department can answer, but I know from our medical department that our relationship of vaccinated players is over. average in the Premier League. “

United recently had two games postponed as a result of a Covid-19 outburst in the squad but will play for the first time in 16 days when they travel to Newcastle on Monday night.

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