‘Every day feels like a soap opera’ – Manchester United upset players not Rangnick, says Neville


Manchester United’s mess in a 2021-22 campaign is down to the players and not Ralf Rangnick, according to Gary Neville, who believes ‘every day feels like a soap opera’.

United fell to a third consecutive 1-1 draw in all competitions at home to Southampton on Saturday, with a 21st-minute opener from Jadon Sancho canceled out by Che Adams’ second-half goal.

Neville insists that interim manager Rangnick is not responsible for the team’s inconsistency.

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The former Red Devils defender believes Rangnick’s predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also been undermined by a group of players who lack steel.

“You can’t put your finger on a thing when you watch United these days. Every day feels like a soap opera,” Neville said. sky sports. “You hear the players want Mauricio Pochettino, then Cristiano Ronaldo is going to leave.

“It’s now getting to a point where you don’t feel like it’s up to the manager anymore. Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] was getting a lot of flak at the start of the season and losing his job and now it’s being suggested that Ralf Rangnick isn’t good enough because he’s a sporting director and not a coach.

“There’s a trust issue, but there’s also an excuse mentality issue and taking care of themselves and not looking at the big picture, which is creating a brilliant team and trying to up this league.”

Neville also addressed United’s recent performances and how far they have fallen since ending their 2020-21 Premier League runners-up finish.

“At United it looks lethargic and they don’t seem to have the quality to chase games,” he added. “Something has to change there very quickly.

“I felt they were close last season, but now I feel they are as far away as they have ever been from winning the league.

“Maybe the right date in the summer and a bit of shuffling with someone who is calculated, ruthless and knows where the problem is could still change things, but right now I’m looking at a 100 ingredient broth and I don’t know which of them I want to get rid of to make it taste better.

“It’s a bit of a mess and United fans need to take their medication.”

Neville sounds Pochettino’s warning

GOAL have reported that United officials have identified PSG boss Pochettino as one of their preferred candidates to replace Rangnick when he takes up an advisory role at the end of the season.

Neville wouldn’t be against the former Tottenham manager’s appointment, but says it’s crucial the board make the final decision rather than the players.

“If Pochettino is the board’s choice, they should name him, but they shouldn’t name him based on the players who want him,” he said. “I would hate to think for a second that they were listening to the players in the dressing room.

“They’ve got big PR machines and big social media machines and their agents are active. They’ve been active for a few months and I haven’t liked it for a few months.

“At the moment they are all taking care of each other, thinking who they want next. All this nonsense is happening behind the scenes at Manchester United.”

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