Manchester United first-team players left unimpressed by interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s coaching staff
According to The Athletic, Manchester United first-team players have been left unimpressed by interim manager Ralf Rangnick‘s coaching staff and their methods, with the club enduring a terrible 2021/22 campaign.
The club currently sit in sixth place, with their hopes of securing a top-four spot in the Premier League table extinguished. This puts them on course to secure a UEFA Europa League spot, and this could yet change if West Ham United pip them in the final game week of the season.
Heading into the final fixture at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace, the mood at Carrington amongst the players has been described as “totally flat”. Rangnick will be leading his troops onto the pitch one last time as the interim boss, looking to end the season on a good note.
A loss against the Eagles and a win for West Ham on the final matchday of the campaign could see United slip into the UEFA Europa Conference League qualification spot. If so, it will be the English club’s first appearance in the continental competition next term.
“United don’t have that”
A big reason for the poor performances of late could perhaps be down to the players being underwhelmed by the training sessions conducted by Rangnick’s assistant coaches Chris Armas and Ewan Sharp. The level of coaching has been described as “well below” the standards set by their predecessors Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.
A source at the club has said that usually, the stars are told of their responsibility as well as that of others, to make it a collective job. However, the Red Devils are lacking that, and as the weeks progress, the players do not understand their roles and responsibilities.
“Each player needs to know their job and everyone else’s, so if someone doesn’t perform a task they get called out collectively. United don’t have that. Week by week they don’t understand their roles and responsibilities, so too many excuses can be made.”
Rangnick was appointed to lead the side back into the top four of the league table, after his predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked for churning out poor performances that saw them slip down the points tally.
Unfortunately for the German, he has not only failed in his task but also overseen exits from the FA Cup and Champions League during his tenure as head coach. That has seen the club complete five years since they last lifted some silverware.
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The former RB Leipzig manager will depart Old Trafford in the summer when his contract as interim boss expires and take up the job as the next boss of the Austria national team. That said, he will remain associated with the Red Devils in his capacity as a consultant.
After being frustrated with the results achieved this season and the training session overseen by Rangnick, the players will need to dig deep and produce a result against Palace to keep fans happy. Furthermore, regardless of all that they have gone through this term, it will lift the mood ahead of the summer if they end the campaign with three points and keep their Europa League hopes intact.