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Ralf Rangnick’s interim status at Manchester United makes it ‘harder for players to support him’



Ralf Rangnick’s interim status at Old Trafford has made it ‘harder’ for players to support him according to one ex-Premier League player.

Since taking over the club on a temporary basis back in November, the German has only tasted defeat once.

However a spell of uninspiring performances under Rangnick led to some suggesting that the players are not supporting the boss.

Several players have since come out and rejected this claim.

But Nigel Winterburn has told Paddy Power that the former RB Leipzig manager’s job title is doing him no favours.

“Ralf Rangnick is the interim manager which makes it even harder for players to get behind him,” he explained.

“He probably believes he’s going to be offered a full-time job if he does well but any time I had an interim manager at a club, it was never the same.

“I don’t know what it is about interim managers, but it just feels a bit weird, and one or two players can grasp on to that – especially if they’re not involved on the pitch as much.

“The same level discipline isn’t there and United need to sort that out very quickly. They won’t change manager again before the end of the season, but I would be surprised if Rangnick gets offered the job full time, unless there’s an explosive upturn in form.

“Then there will be a new manager and he’ll have to decide which players he likes and which ones he doesn’t. We can see from what’s happening at Arsenal, and at United, that when you constantly change manager there’s different ideas and training styles.

“If a manager doesn’t want certain players, and has told them that they can leave, if the players are on good contracts, they won’t just walk away for the sake of it. One or two might say they’ve had enough, and they just want to go and play football. But if there’s a massive drop in wages, they’ll ask the club to supplement the wages.

“People might think that’s callous, but the club signed the player and offered him the deal.”

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