Rangnick comments on Martial's Man Utd future amid exit talk
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Ralf Rangnick is already facing problems at Manchester United with the mood around the training ground said to be low following the 1-1 draw at Newcastle, per reports. It’s claimed there are concerns over dressing room cliques at Carrington, while the players are struggling to adapt to Rangnick’s late afternoon training sessions.
His side turned in one of their worst performances of the season on Monday night as they rescued a point at St James’ Park courtesy of substitute Edinson Cavani.
Yet they were lucky to end the game level after David de Gea made several crucial saves – the best of which was to deny Miguel Almiron.
The display was a throwback to life towards the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign and suggests little progress has been made since his emotional dismissal.
There has been plenty of positives since the appointment of Rangnick, not least the back-to-back clean sheets against Crystal Palace and Norwich.
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But ultimately the concerning, lacklustre showing against Eddie Howe’s men leaves United with work to do if they are to achieve a top-four finish.
According to The Daily Mail, the morale around the training ground is currently low and not just because of the result on Monday.
The canteen has reportedly seen six four-seater booths installed and that is prohibiting the players from bonding as a squad.
Instead, it’s promoting smaller cliques amongst the team with players no longer integrating as much away from the training pitch.
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Furthermore, Rangnick’s later sessions are starting to wear thin on the players, who are now leaving Carrington in the dark around 5pm.
The former RB Leipzig boss has deployed a 4-2-2-2 system since replacing Solskjaer and the formation is struggling to get the best from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.
Yet Rangnick is adamant it’s a question of application rather than tactics.
“I didn’t like the performance at all. Today we didn’t control the game apart from a few moments,” said Rangnick after the draw on Tyneside.
“Today it was not a question of formation – it was a question of how aggressive we were.
“In three days we have the next game. We can do better but we have to do it. We shouldn’t look for excuses – we need to be better and get more physical.
“I was not happy with our performance with the ball or when we had to press. What kind of energy mode do we play with the ball and without the ball?”
United return to action on Thursday when they host Burnley at Old Trafford (8.15pm).
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