Some Manchester United players are struggling to adapt to interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s methods and doubt whether he is the right man to be in charge at Old Trafford.
There are cliques within the United dressing room, a source has told Sky Sports News, adding that some of the players are finding it difficult to play in Rangnick’s 4-2-2-2 formation.
Another source has told Sky Sports News that “they have the players at Manchester United who are ready to play, but they don’t have the coach to get the best out of those players”.
The same source also stressed that Rangnick’s plans were disrupted in December, when the club had to close their Carrington training ground after a Covid outbreak, and that this has had an effect on performances.
Rangnick had not lost since arriving at United until Monday night, when Wolves punished yet another disappointing display by beating them 1-0, claiming their first win at Old Trafford since 1980.
Rangnick’s results as Man Utd boss
- Man Utd 1-0 Crystal Palace (PL, December 5)
- Man Utd 1-1 Young Boys (CL, December 8)
- Norwich 0-1 Man Utd (PL, December 11)
- Newcastle 1-1 Man Utd (PL, December 27)
- Man Utd 3-1 Burnley (PL, December 30)
- Man Utd 0-1 Wolves (PL, January 3)
United have struggled to adapt to Rangnick’s high-pressing style of play, aside from a promising opening half-hour in his first game against Crystal Palace, and have gone on to scrape results against Norwich and Newcastle.
Neville: Something isn’t right in there
Following the 1-1 draw at St James’ Park last month, after Edinson Cavani rescued a point for United, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville questioned the togetherness of the squad.
After the game, Neville said: “Something isn’t right in there. I don’t know what it is, but there is definitely whinging going on – they are all at each other and not helping each other.
“The spirit of a dressing room is really important, and I don’t think they’re all with each other at this moment in time.
“There’s a leadership struggle going on. Harry Maguire is the captain, but he doesn’t feel like the captain.”
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