Ralf Rangnick told he has major issue as Man Utd senior players snub his instructions

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Manchester United’s experienced players are not interested in listening to Ralf Rangnick’s plans, claims Liverpool legend Steve Nicol. Rangnick is unbeaten in his first four matches as interim manager at United. However, the Red Devils have been less than convincing under the German so far.

United have scored just one goal in each of those four matches.

The latest result saw them struggle to a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Newcastle on Monday.

The Magpies will feel disappointed to not have picked up all three points at St James’ Park.

Rangnick had been out of management since the end of the 2018/19 season before taking the United job.

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The 63-year-old has had spells in charge of RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Schalke.

Nicol believes he does not have the experience of managing big-name players like some of those at Old Trafford.

And therefore he reckons the senior United players are not listening to the plans he wants to implement.

“Do you know what I think is interesting?” Nicol said on ESPN FC.

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“If you look at all the places he’s been before, Rangnick, it’s always been young, up and coming players and teams, who if you say jump through a wall, they’ll do it without thinking about it.

“He’s never taken on a team with the experience that all these Man United players have and it doesn’t seem as though they’re interested in what he has to say, for that particular reason.

“So he has no experience in dealing with that type of player, it’s always been young guys that just do what they tell them.”

United are currently seventh in the Premier League table, seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with two games in hand.

Rangnick has been using a 4-2-2-2 formation during his first few weeks at United.

However, he had to tweak that in the second half at Newcastle to get a point against Eddie Howe’s side.

“Obviously, we were one goal behind, so we needed a goal and we had to take more risks so we brought Edinson Cavani and Jadon Sancho on to play in a 4-1-3-2,” Rangnick told MUTV.

“In some situations, including the goal we scored, we were good. Edinson has two other good chances to score and with him we had another striker who was dangerous in front of goal.

“It was not a question of formation – it was a question of how aggressive we were.

“It was a question of energy and, in those areas, we need to get better, including what we were doing when we’re in possession of the ball.”

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