Ralf Rangnick reflects on Wolves defeat
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Manchester United are hitting an all time low with players feeling the club should have hired a different manager to Ralf Rangnick, reports say. The German only replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last month. Yet he’s already under pressure at Old Trafford after Monday’s chastening 1-0 defeat to Wolves on home soil.
Manchester United thought they’d be significantly improved when they sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and replaced him with Rangnick.
Yet things at Old Trafford are getting worse instead, with the players coming in for criticism following their shambolic display in the 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday.
It was United’s first loss under Rangnick but performances against the likes of Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich – as well as Young Boys – have sparked alarm.
With that being the case, the Red Devils are now facing a crucial point in their season with so many matches left to go.
And The Sun say United players feel the club should have hired Antonio Conte instead of Rangnick when they had the chance.
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Conte was keen on replacing Solskjaer in November but, when it became clear he wouldn’t be considered for the post, ended up moving to Tottenham instead.
It’s taken the Italian mere weeks to make his mark, with Spurs now better than they were under Nuno Espirito Santo and pressing the likes of United and Arsenal hard when it comes to qualifying for the top four.
With Rangnick only in charge until the summer, players think Mauricio Pochettino will be the club’s next permanent boss.
The Argentine is currently working with Paris Saint-Germain in France, having replaced Thomas Tuchel in the capital last year.
Yet while he’s contracted to the Ligue 1 titans until June 2023, there’s a sense he’s ready to leave at the earliest opportunity.
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Pochettino has, according to other reports, grown fed up with the amount of egos inside the PSG dressing room.
He’s struggled to get the best from Lionel Messi, who arrived from Barcelona on a free transfer back in the summer.
Neymar’s relationship with Messi has caused a strain in his own alliance with Kylian Mbappe, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign.
And all signs point to him, rather than Rangnick, being United’s next permanent boss.
He’d follow the likes of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer in taking over full-time in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
A source is also quoted as saying United players are ‘demoralised’ under Rangnick and ‘cliques inside the dressing room’ are complicating matters.
“The players have their own cliques, one of which is making the others feel like they need to step up a level when it is the whole team that’s struggling,” a source is quoted as saying.
“The players are demoralised.
“This is deja vu of the previous years when things went wrong.
“The fans probably think the players are not fit enough to put Rangnick’s plans into action.
“That is so untrue. Certain players have just lost that knack and desire.
“Plus, there is a belief within one section of the squad that some players get selected, regardless of their displays.
“So everything is a complete shambles.”
United are next in action against Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Monday (7.55pm).
But another defeat would be a hammer blow to Rangnick, who is now facing the biggest test of his entire career.
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