Rumours of unrest within Manchester United’s dressing room have circulated since Ralf Rangnick’s appointment in November, although the German insists they’re not true
Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has denied reports of unrest ahead of his team’s game against Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
Rumours suggest the squad are “sick to death” of United’s poor results, with the club slipping to sixth in the Premier League. They’re also out of the FA Cup and EFL Cup.
Reports elsewhere claim the squad are unimpressed with the standard of coaching and have mockingly nicknamed assistant manager Chris Armas “Ted Lasso”.
Rangnick, however, insists this isn’t the case. “Nothing to be honest,” said the German when asked on Friday. “I haven’t read any newspapers or read those articles.
“The way we have developed is obviously the work we do on the pitch and the video analysis.”
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Some United players have also quashed rumours of unrest, including Fred.
“Over the past few days I have read several fake news involving my name and other MUFC athletes,” tweeted the Brazilian midfielder last month.
“I’m not in the habit of answering controversial stuff publicly, but this time I have to.”
Raphael Varane added: “We just have to be focused on our job. We have to fight, we have to fight for our fans. That is it.”
Speaking to MUTV last month, United legend Lou Macari urged Rangnick to “get rid” of any troublemakers in the dressing room.
The retired midfielder made more than 400 appearances for the Red Devils during the 1970s and 1980s, winning the FA Cup in 1977.
“Anyone kicking off in the dressing room, kick them out of the club,” said Macari. “Get rid of them and I’m talking about the players doing that by the way.
“Seventy thousand United supporters can’t be wrong every week. These players have to start showing something.”
United are in need of three points on Saturday following their poor 1-1 draw against Burnley on Tuesday, a result that saw them drop from fourth to sixth.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to get a recall after starting the game at Turf Moor from the bench, a decision he was reportedly unhappy with.
Southampton, meanwhile will confident of winning at Old Trafford, having beaten Tottenham 3-2 in their own backyard on Wednesday evening.
On his team’s chances against the Saints, Rangnick added: “We are fully aware this will be a difficult one.
“Obviously, I watched the game at Spurs during the week and they really deserved to win.
“They tactically played at a very high level and this will be a challenge for us, but I’m sure we’ll be up for that challenge.
“We’ll prepare the game today for tomorrow’s game and we have to win the game, that’s for sure… we need top performances from the whole game against Southampton.”
Rangnick will meet an old colleague in the dugout on Saturday, as he worked with Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl during their time together at RB Leipzig.
“I’ve known [Hasenhuttl] for six or seven years, he has developed in those years, it’s obvious,” added Rangnick.
“You can see what he did with Southampton, he also did a great job at Leipzig, finishing second in the first year of the Bundesliga and sixth in the second year.
“What he’s achieved at Southampton is great, just great. Excellent coach.”
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