Ralph Rangnick admitted on Wednesday that the atmosphere in the ranks was not very happy at Manchester United, who were beaten by Arsenal on Saturday and nearly out of the running for the Champions League. However, there are still four matches to be played, starting with Chelsea’s welcome on Thursday.
Manchester United players are less enthusiastic. The loss against Arsenal on Saturday (3-1) almost ended their hopes of finishing in the top 4. The Gunners finished fourth with one game less. In short, the end of the season promises to be long and gloomy.
“We have to be realistic”
“Obviously when the results are not good and we lose the last three or four games, the morale in the locker room is not as good as it should be,” admitted Ralph Rangnick. And he is under no illusions: “I don’t think we should still talk or speculate about the Champions League. We have to be realistic. Even if we win our four games, we don’t have our destiny.”
It is difficult, in this context, to find new sources of inspiration when there are four days left to play (Chelsea, Brentford, Brighton, Crystal Palace). “We have four games left, the next two are at Old Trafford and we will try to get as many points as possible. […] We still have to be efficient. For that we get paid. It’s important for players to meet their new manager to show that they are capable of beating a team like Chelsea”, he tried to argue.
Ralph Rangnick is living out his final weeks on the Manchester United bench. After taking over since the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December, he will be replaced by Erik ten Haag at the end of the season. The club formalized the Dutchman’s arrival last week.
Harry Maguire absent
Furthermore, Rangnik also gave an update on the injuries and specifically hinted that Harry Maguire will not be fit for the match against Chelsea. He talked about knee problems, indicating that he did not train on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Victims of harassment on social networks and whistling in stadiums for his poor season, the Englishman is ending the season’s nightmare. He was also the victim of a bomb threat at his home last Wednesday. The defender was called by a madman to leave his club within 72 hours via an e-mail to his agent if he did not want to see his house explode.