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Manchester United players criticise Ralf Rangnick’s training methods – Man United News And Transfer News



Manchester United players are reportedly unhappy with training under Ralf Rangnick.

As per ESPN, they believe the German’s methods to be ‘old-fashioned’ and not in tune with modern football.

Rangnick has placed more emphasis on team shape and organisation, with the squad preferring a more skill-based session.

The 63 year old is said to leave most of his training assignments to assistant Chris Armas who the players liken to the character of Ted Lasso from the popular Apple TV show.

Armas had never coached a team outside of the United States before landing this job in December.

This is not the first time United players have thrown the manager under the bus.

Leaks like this have also occurred under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It is pretty embarrassing for the club as a whole,  especially when the manager is just two months into his job.

As a matter of fact, Rangnick’s extra emphasis on team shape has led to United conceding just nine goals in 12 matches compared to the 24 under Solskjaer.

There is a lot of improvement to be made on the attacking front, and it will take time for the players to tactically adjust according to Rangnick’s demands.

The German has been the mentor to many world-class coaches like Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Julen Nagelsmann.

The players must buy into his philosophy until the end of the season if they are to finish the campaign on a high.

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Marcus Rashford: Manchester United winger is not happy with life under Ralf Rangnick – Man United News And Transfer News




Manchester United winger Marcus Rashford is said to be unhappy with his playing time under Ralf Rangnick.

The German was appointed as interim manager to stabilise the ship after the horrendous few months under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In the first few games, there were glimpses of improvement which slowly died down.

United are now out of the Champions League, FA Cup and a potential top-four race.

In all this chaos, Rashford has come under maximum scrutiny for his under-par performances.

He is no longer brave enough to take on a man and has somehow lost his explosive pace.

The Englishman does not track back without the ball and often seems uninterested in most games.

In his post-match press conference for the game against Leicester City, Rangnick was asked about Rashford not starting despite all strikers being unavailable for selection.

He replied: “Marcus, it’s no secret that he is not having his best time right now, it has to do with rhythm and confidence as well, yeah.”

“Again, it’s our job to help him to get this confidence back and that is why I decided to bring him on.”

“In the end, he has to [lift] himself obviously, but the only thing we can do is speak to him regularly and tell him what we expect from him and what he should do. The rest has to be done by himself.”

“There are quite a few examples this season of players, some of them are still here with us and one or two of them are no longer here, have shown that it is possible to develop within a couple of weeks a level of confidence where you can be a different player again.”

“We all know that Marcus can play better but, again, in the end, he has to take the steps himself.”

According to Graeme Bailey (90 min), the 24 year old is unhappy with the lack of game time under Rangnick and is considering his options elsewhere.

Newcastle United are said to be one of the clubs interested in his signature, but it will all depend on United’s new manager.





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Jaap Stam responds to rumours: Manchester United are my life – Man United News And Transfer News




Manchester United great Jaap Stam has admitted he would be tempted to return to the club should he be offered a role.

With rumours circulating and suggesting Erik ten Hag may be the next manager, debates have begun over which staff he might bring in.

According to Manchester Evening News, Stam said: “If they would ask me (to take a coaching/managerial role), I would do it straight away without a doubt.

“You know United is my life as well. I’ve had great seasons over there, won trophies and it’s been very important for me. In any way, if I could help them out, I would be tempted to do it.

“I know they are probably not going to come and call me, but also in a different role, and that counts, I think, for every player who has played for United. I think everyone is very eager to help the club and hopefully, bring them to the absolute top level.

“Like I said, you never know, that would be interesting. It’s all about owners, it’s all about technical directors, it’s all about coaches that step in, who do they want as assistant coaches. That’s how it goes.”

Naturally due to Ten Hag’s nationality, Dutch staff have been connected with United, particularly since one report claimed the club wants a club legend to be a part of the new coaching setup.

As Stam hints, many ex players would love to be a part of the club once more and he’s no different, though the decision doesn’t lie with him solely.

The Red Devils coaching team came in for criticism during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s reign as many felt the team was under coached, resulting in some horrific performances.

It’s since become clear that that was not necessarily the case and rather there were bigger issues that came to light.

Some may feel Stam would be a useful influence at Manchester United should he become a part of Ten Hag’s staff but it remains to be seen if everyone is on board with such a decision.

Ruud van Nistelrooy was also linked with United but it’s since become apparent that he will be handed the reigns at PSV as manager next season.

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Louis van Gaal warns Erik ten Hag not to take Manchester United manager job – Man United News And Transfer News




Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has warned Erik ten Hag not to take the job if he is offered it.

Van Gaal was at the club for two seasons but was sacked after leading the Red Devils to FA Cup glory in 2016.

His Dutch compatriot Ten Hag is favourite to become the next manager in June and was interviewed last week for the position.

But the 70-year-old says he will be making a mistake if he takes the job, saying that Manchester United is a commercial enterprise rather than a football club.

‘Erik ten Hag is a great manager and that’s always good for Manchester United, but Manchester United is a commercial club, so it’s a difficult choice for a coach,’ he said during a press conference for the Dutch national side.

‘He would be better off going to a football club.

‘I’m not going to advise him, he’ll call me himself. We have conversations with each other. But he should choose a football club and not a commercial club.’

The Telegraph’s James Ducker notes that Van Gaal’s typically outspoken remarks are reminiscent of those he made previously when in post in 2014 and later, in 2019, when he said ‘“Unfortunately, we are talking about a commercial club, not a football club. I spoke to [Sir Alex] Ferguson about this and in his last years, he also had problems with it.”

“I think you have to change the structure in the organisation of Manchester United because now I think the balance between the football department and commercial department is not right and even slopes over to the commercial.”’

Ten Hag certainly does have options. The Mail recently reported that he is wanted by two other top European clubs, with one firm offer already in the bag.

Whilst United fans will not welcome the former boss’s comments, which could scupper their chances of landing their preferred candidate, they will also probably agree with a lot of what Van Gaal has to say.

Whether it will put Ten Hag off the job remains to be seen.

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