Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faced significant dressing room unrest before he left Manchester United. His successor, Ralf Rangnick, has only been in the job for just over a month, and is reportedly already fighting the same battle.
According to the Mirror, as many as 11 players want departure from Old Trafford after becoming ‘disillusioned’ with life at the club. The players who struggled for regular game time under Solskjaer are marginalised under Rangnick as well, leading to divisions within the dressing room.
The likes of Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek have not managed to change their situation under the new management. Dean Henderson, who replaced David de Gea as United’s No 1 for a brief period under Solskjaer, is back to warming the bench under Rangnick. The Englishman wants to leave but the interim boss is unwilling to sanction his exit.
Eric Bailly is also disillusioned at not getting enough opportunities despite poor form of starting centre-backs.
The report further claims that several players are not impressed by the German tactician’s coaching. It’s difficult to say what one should make of it, considering Rangnick has influenced the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, and is far more experienced than his predecessor, whose tactics were also questioned by the same set of players.
In 2019, Roy Keane laid into the United players, saying “Leopards don’t change their spots.” Two and a half years and one manager later, Keane’s words are still sufficient to sum up the situation at Carrington.