Ralf Rangnick admits Manchester United players get on a ‘reasonable’ amount amid claims Jesse Lingard described the dressing room as a ‘disaster’.
United great Paul Scholes was on punditry duty for United’s 3-1 Premier League defeat at Arsenal for rights holders DAZN Canada, and said he had “had a quick chat with Jesse the other day. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying – the dressing room is just a disaster.”
Lingard, 29, is out of contract in June and expected to leave United after 22 years with the club, having first joined United at the age of seven.
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Rangnick sent on Lingard and Marcus Rashford in the 77th minute after Granit Xhaka scored Arsenal’s third goal and at full-time the duo gifted their shirts to supporters near the away dugout before heading down the tunnel.
“I don’t know, you have to ask Jesse Lingard if you have this information,” Rangnick said in response. “Obviously after games like today, or after Liverpool or Everton, there is massive disappointment in the locker room, for sure, this is normal. It would rather be a problem if this was different. This is for me normal.
“But I think the whole group get on reasonable with each other, I’m not daring to say they get on well with each other. But I don’t see there is an issue in regard to the locker room.”
Rangnick believes Champions League elimination ‘destroyed’ United players’ confidence as it was their last chance of silverware in a season they are certain to end trophyless for a fifth consecutive campaign.
United have won four of their last 15 games and one in their last six since the round-of-16 second leg defeat to Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford. Rangnick admitted United’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League are all but over and that it would be difficult to motivate the players for their final four games.
“Obviously, the defeat to Atletico destroyed a lot of hopes and also some of the emotions of some of the players, which I can understand,” Rangnick explained. “We could have a had a chance to proceed in that round after the first game, 1-1, the second game at home and we lost 1-0. That very moment caused a negative reaction within the group. The draw against Leicester and defeat at Everton also had some effect.
“Quite obviously it’s hard to motivate them and keep the energy level high. It was still important to show some improvement and reaction today but there’s no substitute for success and it would have been good for us and the level of confidence of the team if we had been able to score a second or a third goal.
“We could’ve won the game today had Bruno [Fernandes] converted the penalty and even after the penalty we hit the post and the second goal of Cristiano. It was not a question of not creating ourselves.”
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