Ralf Rangnick faces uphill task at Manchester United with over 11 players wanting to leave club
The Red Devils slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Wolves on Monday night, and the atmosphere in the dressing room has not been the same since. Luke Shaw admitted after the game that the squad were not ‘pulling together.’ Several players are apparently underwhelmed by the coaching tactics and methods of Rangnick.
It has also not helped his case that he is only appointed until the end of the season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was thought to have favourites in the dressing room, and the German is also said to have the same. This has led to the players feeling marginalised, and now as many as 11 players wish to leave the club.
Eric Bailly, Dean Henderson, Jesse Lingard, and Donny van de Beek are amongst those that are expressing their discontent. A source recently revealed, as quoted by the Mirror, the atmosphere in the dressing room.
“It’s not good. The atmosphere is really bad and it looks like there are going to be big problems ahead for United.”
Although it is too soon to turn on the manager, things are not looking good from the outside. The players need to take accountability for the results, but the dressing room atmosphere needs to be taken care of by the gaffer, regardless of his interim appointment.
Solskjaer may have created a feeling of marginalisation amongst players, but they always played for him. However, Rangnick has no status of being a club legend nor the recognition of being a top manager at an elite European club. In fact, Mark Ogden of ESPN recently revealed one player had to google the manager’s name after his appointment in November.
Cristiano Ronaldo, for all his greatness, has not helped things either. He has looked annoyed with the situation, and the feeling on his face was clear after he cut a frustrated figure while going down the tunnel following the Wolves defeat. Gary Neville also recently claimed that there are divisions within the squad.
We wanted somebody that would calm down the dressing room and take a hold of things rather than create discontent and divisions amongst the squad. Rangnick has had a mixed first month at the Old Trafford hot-seat, and he needs to mend fences immediately if there is actual discontent in the dressing room. There are still a couple of trophies on the line, while a Top 4 race also needs contesting.
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He may be a great tactical manager but he now needs to do some man-managing. Solskjaer was good at it and largely kept harmony amongst the squad in the toughest of times. The former Red Bull sporting director needs to do the same if he hopes to be a positive figure at the club in the coming months.