The Manchester United dressing room has descended into a ‘TOXIC mix of backbiting and nastiness’
The Man United dressing room has been a ‘TOXIC mix of backbiting and nastiness’ this season, with Ralf Rangnick prone to ‘bullying behaviour’, given the nickname ‘specs’ behind his back and others claiming that they ‘didn’t give as ****’ on German’s advice
- Manchester United ended a dismal season with a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace
- Noises from inside the locker room speak of a ‘toxic’ atmosphere throughout
- Jesse Lingard was not worried about his description of the atmosphere made public
- He and Marcus Rashford were sent against Man City without instructions
- Players were baffled by the playing time given to Anthony Elanga
Erik ten Hag has the challenge of overturning a ‘toxic’ dressing room culture as one of his key jobs at Manchester United.
The Dutch manager is due to be unveiled to the press on Monday afternoon, after United’s dismal Premier League season ended with a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
With the club missing out on Champions League football, Ten Hag has the unenvious task of transforming a demoralized dressing room over the summer, with the aim of battling at the top of the table next season.
Erik ten Hag seems to have a huge job to do in a ‘toxic’ fitting room
However, it has been revealed that the situation may be far more critical than initially thought, with stories emerging from Old Trafford suggesting there is an immediate need to tackle the culture inside of the club.
According to Manchester Evening News, United’s squad have been described as a ‘toxic mix of slander and nastiness’ after a season to be forgotten. Although this has been made public several times, more details have emerged.
According to the report, the “bullying behavior” was directed at interim head coach Ralf Rangnick, who was dubbed “specs” by people close to one of the stars inside the locker room.
Rangnick also had his decisions openly called ‘bad’ by one player, while others complained the German spoke to them ‘like a child’. They also suggested they “didn’t give ****” about his advice.
Some players have described the atmosphere within the United team during the season as ‘toxic’
Ralf Rangnick was given the nickname ‘specs’ behind his back by some first-team members
Jesse Lingard’s feelings on the state of the atmosphere inside the dressing room were laid bare by Paul Scholes in a media appearance, as he shared the winger’s analysis that it was a disaster”. According to the report, Lingard was not worried about the public sharing of his words.
It is also claimed that Lingard and Marcus Rashford received no instructions when they were sent on as substitutes in the 4-1 loss to rivals Manchester City. “They had no idea what they were doing,” a source said.
The blame for such cases was assigned to the American coach Chris Armas. Some within Carrington felt the 49-year-old was ‘out of his reach’.
Paul Scholes commented that Jesse Lingard described the locker room as a ‘disaster’
It is claimed that Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have not received instructions against Man City
Indeed, according to AthleticismArmas received a stark assessment from former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Scot remarking: ‘You’ll need more than that here, my son’, upon seeing his CV
Ferguson was reportedly mesmerized by the frustration inside the United dressing room and would often seek to gauge the mood throughout the campaign.
Playing time was another frustration within the team. The lack of team spirit was exemplified by a player’s desire to speak “disparagingly” about any other teammate who was in his position.
There was also perplexity around the playing time given to youngster Anthony Elanga. Some United team-mates described him as “stunning”.
Some within the club have been baffled by the playing time given to Anthony Elanga
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