Marcus Rashford has said he has “infinite respect” for Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick and his coaching staff.
During a week of reporting the unrest at the Manchester United camp, Sky Sports News was told of cliques in the dressing room and players struggling to adjust to Rangnick’s methods.
But Rashford, who has scored just three goals this season, responded to rumors of unrest after the German suffered his first loss since joining United in the 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday.
“We have all been disappointed with the recent performances and we have been disappointed by the media coverage questioning our commitment not only to the manager and the coaching staff, but also to the club,” Rashford wrote in a Twitter post. .
“I have infinite respect for both and look forward to improving my game with the Manchester United staff.
âI’m not sulking, I’m not miserable. Am I disappointed with some of my recent performances? Of course I am – I’m my own biggest critic.
“It was a tough start, but I’m determined to prove my worth. My dedication and desire to be here should never be questioned. I love this club.”
Maguire: it can’t go on like this
United captain Harry Maguire admits he and his teammates deserve the criticism they have received recently, and urged the team to respond to Wolves’ loss with a win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Monday.
“I’ve obviously seen a lot of criticism and a lot of it is absolutely justified, but for me, with this team, they shouldn’t need criticism to motivate players,” Maguire said in an interview posted on the club’s website. .
“If players of this quality are not motivated to play for this club when they put on the shirt, then something is wrong.
âFrom what fans and former players have said, we understand. A lot of it is justified and we all have to take a huge responsibility, myself as a captain as much as anyone, if not more. have to start playing well and win.
âThis team was second last year and we have a better and bigger team this year, so we have to show the right attitude.
“We have big players in the squad, leaders. I’m sick of repeating myself but it can’t go on like this – we have to have a good race, starting on Monday.”
Rangnick’s response: “They’re at least trying”
Rangnick responded to the information during his press conference on Friday, saying the team are “at least trying” to take his ideas into account as he has confirmed there are disgruntled players in the squad.
When asked if the players listen to him and buy into his ideas, he replied, “They are at least trying, I’m sure they are listening.”
Faced with questions about the dissatisfaction of a number of the squad members, Rangnick said it was inevitable with a side the size of United.
“Well I mean it’s not just a problem with a club like Manchester United,” he said ahead of Monday’s FA Cup third round match against Aston Villa.
“If you have that many players and 10 outfielders can play and three are substituted, then of course you have a fairly large number of players – in our case 12, 13, 14 players who are not even playing, or who are not even in the squad.
“Then these players are not happy with this situation. It’s obvious, it’s clear.
“I tend to explain to players every two or three weeks why they don’t play, but obviously I can’t do it every game and it’s a problem in our team as well as in other clubs.”
Cliques at Man Utd as players doubt Rangnick’s relevance
Some Manchester United players are struggling to adjust to the methods of interim manager Ralf Rangnick and doubt he is the right person to lead at Old Trafford.
There are cliques in United’s dressing room, source said Sky Sports News, adding that some players are struggling to play in Rangnick’s 4-2-2-2 lineup.
Another source said Sky Sports News that “they have the Manchester United players who are ready to play, but they don’t have the coach to get the best out of these players.”
The same source also pointed out that Rangnick’s plans were disrupted in December, when the club had to close their Carrington training ground after a Covid outbreak, and that had an effect on performance.