Some Manchester United players in doubt over Ralf Rangnick’s suitability to be Old Trafford boss | Football News

Some Manchester United players are struggling to adapt to interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s methods and doubt he’s the right man to lead Old Trafford.

There are cracks inside United’s locker room, a source said Sky Sports News, adding that some players have a hard time playing Rangnick’s 4-2-2-2.

Another source said Sky Sports News that “they have Manchester United players who are ready to play, but they don’t have the coach to get the best out of those players.”

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The same source also pointed out that Rangnick’s plans were halted in December, when the club had to close their Carrington training ground following a Covid outbreak, and that this had an effect on performance.

Rangnick hadn’t lost since joining United until Monday night, when Wolves punished yet another disappointing performance by beating them 1-0, claiming their first Old Trafford win since 1980.

Rangnick’s achievements as Manchester United boss

  • Man Utd 1-0 Crystal Palace (PL, 5 December)
  • Man Utd 1-1 Young Boys (CL, December 8)
  • Norwich – Man Utd 0-1 (PL, 11 December)
  • Newcastle-Man Utd 1-1 (PL, 27 December)
  • Man Utd 3-1 Burnley (PL, 30 December)
  • Man Utd – Wolves 0-1 (PL, January 3)

United struggled to adapt to Rangnick’s style of play, aside from a promising opening half hour in their first game against Crystal Palace, and continued to rack up results against Norwich and Newcastle.

Neville: There’s something wrong in there

After last month’s 1-1 draw at St James’ Park, after Edinson Cavani saved a point for United, Sky Sports expert Gary Neville questioned the unity of the team.

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Gary Neville was not impressed with the body language of many of Manchester United’s players following their first half performance against Newcastle

After the game, Neville said: “Something is wrong. I don’t know what it is, but there are definitely complaints going on: they are all against each other and not helping each other.

“The spirit of a dressing room is really important and I don’t think they are all together at the moment.

“There is a struggle for leadership underway. Harry Maguire is the captain, but he doesn’t feel like the captain.”

Analysis: Carra on why Man Utd is struggling to create

Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher ahead of Newcastle’s Monday Night Football match last month:

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Jamie Carragher examines United’s first two performances under Rangnick and analyzes why they struggled to create chances

“They struggled in the two games in terms of building and playing across the teams.

“We know right away that this system has no real width and the important thing for me is the position of the No. 10. Teams can keep a tight four and they rarely stretch.

“My problem with this system when it doesn’t work great is that you can have your four forwards very close together. Now it’s very difficult to get passes together and stretch the opposition.

“What you really need is to get the ball back. They lose the ball and they back-press, that’s what the manager wants.

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“No matter what system you play, you need width in your attack, whether it’s full backs, forwards or No 10s going wide – you need width.

“You have to stretch the opposition and Manchester United didn’t do it enough in the Crystal Palace or in the Norwich match.”

Man Utd monitors Kamara, Neves in search of the midfielder

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Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara and Wolves’ Ruben Neves are possible transfer goals for Manchester United as they seek to strengthen their midfield

Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara and Wolves’ Ruben Neves are two of the many players Manchester United have looked to in their search for a new midfielder.

Newcastle United and Roma are also interested in 22-year-old Kamara, who is due to expire in the summer and could sign a pre-contractual agreement with a club outside France.

Neves, who played in Wolves’ 1-0 win over Manchester United on Monday night, is under contract with Wolves until 2024.

United’s priority remains the summer transfer window, but the club is open to do business this month if a long-term goal becomes available.

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