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Young Manchester United trio faces scrutiny from senior players for lack of effort

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Revealed: Young Manchester United trio face scrutiny from veterans for lack of effort in training and matches

According to Duncan Castles on the Transfer Window podcast (h/t The Express), a trio of Manchester United youngsters has faced scrutiny from the veterans for their lack of effort during training sessions and matches. It was following a recent interview where Cristiano Ronaldo had questioned the mentality of the current generation.

There were even talks about the players being dissatisfied with Ralf Rangnick and the methods employed by him. Now, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford have come across criticisms from the rest of the squad. They were accused of not giving their all to assist the team in getting out of their current plight.

Castles has mentioned that Ronaldo had expressed his opinion in that interview to send a message to these youngsters. He even chipped in on how careful Cristiano was about not revealing any names or talking about the tactics amidst “unhappiness” claims with Rangnick.

Revealed: Man United young trio face scrutiny from veterans for lack of effort.
Marcus Rashford has faced criticisms from the veterans of the squad. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

“There is a scenario where you have players unhappy with the coaching still and a big division within the camp in terms of whose responsibility it is for the poor performances. Individuals such as Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, even Marcus Rashford had been mentioned to me as players who senior players felt were not putting much into following the coaching instructions, putting as much effort on the pitch as they should be.

Ronaldo was, in all honesty, a little too blunt in his comments about today’s youngsters not being open to criticism. It’s rare to do an interview about such a specific issue if there is something not already brewing in the background. And Castles believes that was the case.

And you have Ronaldo repeatedly returning to the theme of mentality, personal responsibility, effort, refusing to name names, trying to be careful and avoid talking about tactics.”

Man Utd- a mess?

If the situation that is mentioned above is true, then it would be a cause of concern for us since this is a time when we should rather be dealing with on-the-pitch problems. However, the German boss had recently conveyed that Rashford has impressed him in training sessions which is why he keeps selecting him despite his poor form.

As such, one would obviously want to pay heed to the words of the manager himself rather than other sources. At the same time, he had also encouraged players to do what the Portuguese international had done in his interview. It is natural for Man United fans to feel confused right now with all that is being said by the club as compared to other sources.

Mason Greenwood among youngsters criticised by Manchester United veterans. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Mason Greenwood among youngsters criticised by Manchester United veterans. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Our current situation cannot simply be put on the heads of youngsters, since this is the result of what has happened for years at the club- the club continues to work under the expectations of replicating the success they had under Sir Alex Ferguson, but that has proven hard to do.

It would be unrealistic to think that we can change this in a matter of moments, and pointing fingers at each other would not do any good.

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There needs to be transparency within the club, at least, to keep everyone on the same page about the struggles we are going through. We really do need a leader who can unite the club as a whole and ask everyone to work on their own task.

Backroom clashes are not what we need at the moment, so everyone should look at themselves in the mirror to recognise their shortcomings and play their role in working towards a better future for the club. Football isn’t an individual sport. It’s better if such matters are taken care of as soon as possible to avoid further public embarrassment for the club.

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