Manchester United v Wolves: Match in pictures
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Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has reportedly identified an attribute in the Red Devils dressing room which was first detected by Jose Mourinho. The German is struggling to mastermind convincing performances at Old Trafford since coming in as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interim replacement.
United have won just one game by more than a one-goal margin since Rangnick’s November appointment.
Aside from their 3-1 victory over Burnley, the German has notched two wins, two draws and a defeat despite facing relatively favourable opposition.
Last time out against Wolves, who are arguably the highest-quality side of the six Rangnick has faced, the Red Devils slumped to a 1-0 home loss.
And the West Midlands outfit effectively controlled the game at Old Trafford, registering 19 shots to United’s nine.
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According to The Daily Mail, Rangnick has detected a selfish element to the United dressing room.
That was first identified by Mourinho, who left the club in 2018.
As a result, the German has supposedly found it hard to pull the team together as a unit, something confirmed by Luke Shaw after Monday’s poor showing.
“Look, us players, we’ve been here for a long time. We’ve played at home, we know what it’s like when we have the intensity, you can feel the motivation is there,” he told Sky Sports.
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“But I think maybe tonight we struggled. We struggled to get hold of the ball and we didn’t have many options.
“Playing at home, you need to have that intensity but even from the first minute, we didn’t go for them. We sat back and let them feel at home.
“I didn’t feel when I was on the pitch that we were all there together. We felt like we were struggling and it was tough.”
The apparent lack of determination is made to look worse by the soaring wages earned by some on United’s books, something which has made shuffling the pack in the transfer market difficult for Rangnick.
Anthony Martial has told the boss that he would like to leave, but his £200,000-a-week contract is making it almost impossible for clubs to negotiate a loan move.
Phil Jones started his first Premier League game in almost two years this week, and his £120,000-a-week contract meant other clubs barely gave him a second thought during his spell on the sidelines.
Paul Pogba could also make life difficult by seeing out his contract and leaving for free in the summer.
All told, restoring unity to the United squad may be more of a priority for Rangnick than recruiting stars over the coming weeks, something which may be difficult in light of an attribute identified by both himself and Mourinho.
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