Gary Neville has called on Manchester United players to hold a meeting to resolve their differences.
Sports mail announced on Monday that morale is low, there are cliques and chemistry concerns between Cristiano Ronaldo and some teammates, while some stars want to leave.
The former United defender, who did not hold back in analyzing Ralf Rangnick’s team in the 1-1 draw in Newcastle on Monday, has asked the stars to “solve” their problems in a private meeting.
Gary Neville has called on the Man United players to hold a meeting to work out their differences
The former United defender has urged the stars to resolve their problems in a private meeting.
“At United, I see reports of dissatisfaction in the locker room this morning,” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
“Something was wrong with Norwich, and certainly not with Newcastle.
‘Four points from these games are still not a disaster, considering the level of performance. Have a non-staffed meeting and clear it up! ‘
Neville branded the United players as “a pile of whingebags” when he let them tear apart after their “shocking” performance in the first half at St James’ Park.
He said on Sky Sports: “They whine at each other! They are a bunch of whingebags! A bunch of whinbags! Watch them on this playing field, arms in the air and complaining about everything! In all fairness, they’re absolutely shocking this first half.
“You fired the last manager! Ralf Rangnick will not be fired, he has only been with us for a few weeks, but many managers get it, so much if they keep on doing this. You have to sort yourself because it’s massively below expectations.
United showed a below average performance in the 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Newcastle
“You played against the bottom two of the league and showed us nothing! By the way, has nothing to do with the manager. It has to do with the players on the pitch. Not good enough.’
Neville added that the lack of cohesion within the club will make interim boss Rangnick “genuinely concerned”.
And the ex-defender hasn’t been the only one to criticize the United stars’ body language in recent weeks, as Rangnick did after their narrow win over basement boys Norwich on December 11th.
After Rangnick had saved a point in Newcastle by substitute Edinson Cavani, he was also less impressed by the “energy and physicality” of his team.
There are still questions about Cristiano Ronaldo’s chemistry with some teammates
United returned to action after a 16-day absence – caused by a coronavirus outbreak within the squad – but underperformed in the northeast.
Neville hit both Ronaldo, who snubbed United fans at the final whistle and walked straight through the tunnel, and Bruno Fernandes.
Sports mail announced that there are still questions about the chemistry of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner with certain teammates, including Mason Greenwood.
Neville also hinted at leadership issues and United captain Harry Maguire is believed to have been more subdued since Ronaldo’s return this summer.
“The attitude, the basics, something is simply not right. There’s definitely whining, ”added Neville at Sky Sports.
Neville added that the lack of cohesion at the club will make Ralf Rangnick “sincerely concerned”
“They’re all at odds, they’re not helping each other, and the spirit of a locker room is really important. I don’t think they’re all together right now.
“There is a great fight for leadership; Maguire is the captain, but he doesn’t feel like the captain. Ronaldo came in and maybe upset Bruno with the hierarchy in the team, Cavani comes off the bench, a senior player.
“It just doesn’t feel like the mix is right. Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] had struggled with it for the past few months, and now Rangnick is struggling with it. These players don’t look happy on the pitch and they have to do it right. ‘
It goes without saying that the mood on the training grounds is very low and concerns about the dressing room cliques have not been resolved by upgrading the canteen, in which six four-person cabins have been installed.
Rangnick takes later training sessions and the players are said to have difficulty adjusting as Anthony Martial, Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard agitate for a move from Old Trafford.
Neville branded United players as a “pile of wingebags” after their first-half introduction on Monday.