Massimiliano Allegri is one of the managerial candidates linked to Manchester United following their poor start to the season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guidance.

Mundo Deportivo journalist Miguel Rico admits the Red Devils’ current crisis is ideal for media to talk about the possibility of United changing their manager or players who could join them in January.

The Premier League side are credited with an interest in Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitić and Ousmane Dembélé, along with Juventus duo of Mario Mandžukić and Emre Can in recent weeks.

Regarding the two Camp Nou players, Rico claims the La Liga winners have denied ‘any type of negotiation’ with the English club.

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However, Barcelona have ‘admitted’ the Croatian midfielder and the World Cup wining forward are the type of players needed to revive United. Operations to complete the two deals would present ‘serious complications.’

Rakitić believes it’s best to leave the Spanish champions in search of regular playing time, while the France international’s position remains unchanged from the start of the season, which is he doesn’t want to leave Barcelona.

Unlike the English media, the Spanish media aren’t claiming Rakitic would turn down Manchester United.