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'Development there to be seen' | Rangnick brushes off suggestions of player unrest


05:26 11 Feb 2022

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Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has once again brushed off suggestions that there is unrest amongst his squad, particularly in terms of his training methods.

A frustrating week for the side saw them knocked out of the FA Cup after losing to Middlesborough on penalties while they drew with Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League.

This means they will almost certainly end the season without silverware and their hopes of a top-four finish in the league have also taken a hit.

Leaks from the club suggest players find Rangnick's training methods 'outdated' but he says their growth is there to be seen.

"I have not read any newspapers and don't know about those articles.

"The way the team has developed over the past couple of weeks is obvious tactically, and that is because of the work we are doing in training - both on the pitch and in video analysis.

"I think it is important that the players have realised that there has been a good development in the past few weeks, in possession and without the ball.

The Middlesborough and Burnley games both saw United take and lose leads.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of the visit of Southampton to Old Trafford this weekend, Rangnick says if they can put in 90-minute performances and take their chances results will come.

"How we played in the first half or 70 minutes at Burnley was very, very close to the game-plan that we spoke about and now it's about rewarding ourselves and getting the results that we deserve.

"They [the players] realise that we controlled the game, but then if we conceded a goal, we should stick to the game plan and not lose our shape and lose composure.

"This was the most harmful part of it that we just didn't stick to that game plan, we didn't have the same positioning on the pitch.

"Hopefully in the next games if we have the same amount of opportunities, we score more than one goal. This is an issue, we have to be more effective."

In terms of fitness Rangnick could welcome Alex Telles back into the fold after his recent absence with COVID-19.

While the Brazilian's potential return is a boost given his strong recent form, they will be missing Telles's compatriot Fred as he is still isolating after testing positive for the virus.

Eric Bailly is still out with a swollen ankle, while Nemanja Matic has a shin issue, which means he is also sidelined.

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