Ralf Rangnick has been pressured to minimize discuss of dressing room unrest at Manchester United whereas admitting their probabilities of ending within the high 4 have gone after they slipped to defeat at rivals Arsenal.
A 3-1 loss on the Emirates Stadium was punctuated by a Bruno Fernandes penalty miss, with interim boss Rangnick revealing that Cristiano Ronaldo advised him he “didn’t feel well enough” to take the spot-kick.
Nuno Tavares’ first Arsenal objective, a Bukayo Saka penalty and Granit Xhaka’s high quality strike have been sufficient to safe the factors for the Gunners, who had appeared rattled after Ronaldo had pulled one again along with his one hundredth Premier League objective.
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Watching United’s Saturday distress unfold as a tv pundit, former United star Paul Scholes did not maintain again on BT Sport, declaring: “It is an absolute mess, it is a disaster of a dressing room.
“I had a fast chat with Jesse (Lingard) the opposite day and I’m certain he will not thoughts me saying that the dressing room is only a catastrophe.”
When the quotes were put to Rangnick in the aftermath of the defeat, he refuted the claims.
“I do not know, you need to ask Jesse Lingard when you have this info,” stated Rangnick.
“Obviously after video games like in the present day or the video games at Liverpool or Everton, there’s huge disappointment within the locker room for certain.
“This is normal. It would be rather a problem if that was different so this is for me normal. I think the whole group, they get on reasonable with each other.
“I do not see that there’s a problem with regard to the environment within the locker room.”
United missed the perfect chance to level after Tavares conceded a penalty for handball but Fernandes could only hit the post from 12 yards.
The result left United six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal having played a game more and Rangnick, who will depart in the summer to be replaced by Erik ten Hag, believes Champions League qualification is now beyond reach.
“Look on the desk and the groups with Tottenham and Arsenal, I feel it isn’t very practical to dream and communicate concerning the high 4,” he said.
Asked about why Fernandes took the penalty and not Ronaldo, who had already scored in his first game back since the death of his new-born son, Rangnick explained: “It’s between the each of them.
“Both are penalty-takers. Cristiano told me after the game that he didn’t feel well enough and that’s why Bruno took it. In the end it was about two or three yards a little bit further to the right.”