REVEALED: Mood at Manchester United ‘is TOTALLY FLAT’ as dismal season under Ralf Rangnick fizzles, with stars ‘frustrated with inferior coaches Chris Armas and Ewan Sharp after disappointing sessions’
- Manchester United’s disappointing season ends on a very negative note
- The highest they can finish in the Premier League is a disappointing sixth
- Ralf Rangnick’s interim tenure has been poor with players unresponsive
- Reports suggest the mood at the training ground is ‘totally flat’ with one game to go
- Players think Chris Armas and Ewan Sharp’s training sessions are poor
The mood at Manchester United “is totally flat” as their hugely disappointing time under caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick fizzles.
The players are said to be disappointed with the training provided by Rangnick’s coaches Chris Armas and Ewan Sharp, saying they fell “well below” the standard set by their predecessors Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.
The sessions leading up to their embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Brighton last weekend apparently included no specific instructions on how Graham Potter’s side would play and the players were critical of the coaching staff for some time .
Manchester United mood reportedly ‘totally flat’ as Ralf Rangnick’s tenure runs out
Players reportedly unimpressed with training sessions hosted by coaches Ewan Sharp (left) and Chris Armas (right)
Last weekend’s 4-0 thrashing by Brighton was just the latest embarrassment for United
The sports report that American coach Armas and Scotsman Sharp are seen by several members of the squad as below the standard of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching staff.
Rangnick and United wanted Carrick and McKenna to stay after Solskjaer was sacked.
Former United midfielder Carrick was recently linked with the Lincoln City job, before the League One club appointed Mark Kennedy, while McKenna is in charge at Ipswich Town.
Prior to the Brighton game, training reportedly consisted of reduced half-speed matches, set-piece drills and a few runs, but little tactical preparation from the opposition.
This proved to be very costly as United’s defense was ripped apart several times at the Amex Stadium and they got away lightly with only a 4-0 loss.
Players would have thought sessions under the coaches of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) Michael Carrick (left) and Kieran McKenna (centre) were much better.
Workouts have apparently been low intensity with nothing specific to the opposition
It came as The Sun reported that two players were set to be separated in a training ground collapse following Brighton’s shambles, with ‘bubbling’ tempers following the dismal season.
United have just one game left in their season, at Crystal Palace on the final afternoon of next Sunday, and need a result to avoid finishing seventh and the indignity of playing in the Europa Conference League next next season.
Armas speaks to Rangnick during last weekend’s defeat at Brighton
The Athletic say Sharp, who worked under Armas at the New York Red Bulls as an analyst and then helped the US coach at FC Toronto, particularly struggled with the huge step up to United.
Rangnick and his entire team were unable to wield much authority over an expensively built squad at Old Trafford and the season slipped away quickly.
Ahead of the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield last month, only one training session was devoted to adapting to the three-back system Rangnick decided to play.
There are also reservations about the time Rangnick gave the players. This included four days after the Brighton defeat, time which some say could have been spent resolving some of the many issues with the squad.
All of this leaves an almighty mess for new manager Erik ten Hag to sort out when he arrives next month.
After securing the Eredivisie title for Ajax on Wednesday, Ten Hag held a meeting in Amsterdam the following day.
Erik ten Hag held his first meeting as Man United boss as he discussed strategy in Amsterdam
Steve McClaren, who is expected to become his deputy, has also been called into the meeting
United director of football John Murtough was on hand to meet Ten Hag, his assistant Mitchell van der Gaag as well as Steve McClaren, who is expected to return to United as assistant manager. McClaren assisted Sir Alex Ferguson between 1999 and 2001.
Transfer targets for the summer were also discussed at the meeting, with several issues set to be resolved once the window opens.