Manchester United are still dealing with the Covid outbreak which hit the club this week as the Premier League faces an uncertain festive schedule.
With their Saturday game against Brighton postponed, United are not next due into action until they visit Newcastle on December 27, and that date is also in danger of being pushed back.
The Premier League will hold emergency talks with clubs owners and managers on Monday to discuss the escalating disruption the rise of Covid cases is causing.
Manchester Evening News understands Premier League clubs are pushing for a festive firebreak to combat outbreaks across multiple squads.
The idea is not expected to be on the agenda during Monday’s meeting but is likely to be raised by clubs as they look to pause football until the FA Cup third round, which starts on January 7. The transfer window is now less than two weeks away as Rangnick is given the opportunity to strengthen his squad for the first time.
Meanwhile, Rashford is said to be interested in joining Barcelona if he leaves United this summer and newly appointed boss and club legend Xavi is claimed to be ‘confident’ of luring the forward to Spain.
Rashford has struggled for form this season after his return from injury and Spanish outlet EFE suggests Barcelona are ‘closely monitoring’ his situation at Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old is one of United’s highest earners.