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Manchester United stars have been urged to hold a meeting without interim boss Ralf Rangnick and his staff by club icon Gary Neville. The Red Devils have looked unconvincing under their new coach and prompted strong criticism from Neville following their 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Monday.
United were fortunate to come away from St. James’ Park with a point. Edinson Cavani rose from the substitutes to equalise after Allan Saint-Maximin’s stunning opener.
Rangnick needed David De Gea to make a sensational save to deny Miguel Almiron after Jacob Murphy slammed the foot of the Spaniard’s post.
Former right-back Neville was unhappy with the performance. It was only Rangnick’s third Premier League game in charge with his month-long spell disrupted by a COVID-19 outbreak.
But the displays have been below-par and there are already rumours of dissatisfaction in the squad. Successive 1-0 wins over Crystal Palace and Norwich were sandwiched between a 1-1 Champions League draw with Young Boys.
According to the Daily Mail, the mood at the club’s Carrington training ground is ‘very low’ due to changes made at the base by the former RB Leipzig tactician.
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Now, Neville has told stars to hold a player-only meeting to discuss their frustrations.
He tweeted: “On United I’m seeing reports of dressing room dissatisfaction this morning.
“Something wasn’t right v Norwich and certainly not v Newcastle. Still, four points from those games is not a disaster considering the performance levels. Have a meeting (without staff) and sort it out!”
A further tweet added: “Performances haven’t been good for months but the body language in the last two games (highlighted by RR post Norwich) has been woeful!!”
Neville slammed the body language of several United players during their draw at Newcastle.
“They’re a bunch of whinge-bags,” the former England right-back told Sky Sports with Rangnick’s side trailing at half-time.
“Watch them on that pitch. I’ll not go into names but they’re whinging at each other, arms up in the air complaining about everything. Honestly, they were absolutely shocking in that first half.
“They got the last manager the sack. Ralf Rangnick is not going to get the sack, he’s only had two or three weeks with them, but they’ll get a lot of managers the sack if they carry on like that, because that’s a really, really poor performance.
“It’s only 45 minutes but they’ve got to sort themselves out because that’s massively below anything expected.”
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Neville then reserved criticism for Cristiano Ronaldo after the forward stormed off at full-time without acknowledging the supporters.
“We talk about body language. We talked about it earlier in the season when Ronaldo ran off at the end of the Everton game. He’s run off again tonight,” he added.
“He ran off at Watford, when everyone knew the manager (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) was going to get the sack. And at Norwich.”
Neville continued: “You’ve got to be there when your team-mates need you in those moments.
“At the end of the day, I love that lad (Ronaldo), he’s the best I’ve ever seen in my life at times, but don’t run off like that. I’m not having that.
“I don’t care how you’ve played, you need to go over and clap the fans at the end of the game. Get over to them, particularly when you’re the best player in the world, and one of the greatest of all time.”
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