Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat
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Manchester United reportedly discussed four managers around the time of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure before choosing to hire Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis. The German has managed six games for the club so far. Yet both results and performances haven’t been good enough.
Manchester United sacked Solskjaer in November, less than 24 hours after they’d been blown away by Watford at Vicarage Road.
And ESPN say that, around the time of the Norwegian’s departure, the Red Devils pondered different managers to Rangnick.
It’s stated Mauricio Pochettino, Zinedine Zidane, Brendan Rodgers and Antonio Conte were all talked about by the club’s hierarchy as they considered the best course of action for the future.
But, in the end, United went for Rangnick.
Pochettino was seriously interested in taking over at Old Trafford but Paris Saint-Germain were never going to let him go midway through the season.
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Zidane had no interest, with the former Real Madrid boss holding out for the France national team job instead.
Rodgers always made it clear he was committed to Leicester, especially after winning the FA Cup last season.
And Conte ended up taking over at Tottenham instead, having believed United weren’t going to come in for him.
Instead, the Red Devils gave the keys to the club to Rangnick on an interim basis.
Yet performances and results under the German have been mixed so far, with United still failing to get anywhere near the heights of old.
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They beat Crystal Palace and Norwich in his first two games courtesy of winners from Fred and Cristiano Ronaldo respectively.
United have also beaten Burnley but draws against Newcastle and Young Boys, as well as defeat to Wolves on Monday, have increased the doom and gloom mood around the place.
Regarding Rangnick, the publication states that one player had to use Google to find out about the 63-year-old.
And it seems like he’s facing a fight to win the support of a dressing room that, right now, isn’t a happy place to be.
Former Chelsea star Jason Cundy thinks United players have no confidence in their manager, saying there’s a ‘lack of belief in what he’s trying to achieve’.
“You can tell they don’t believe in the manager,” he told talkSPORT.
“In my experience, players have never gone out not to try.
“What you do have is a lack of belief in the manager and lack of belief in what he is trying to achieve.
“That can spread very quickly, not just through the team but to the dressing room. They will be talking.
“[They were] two different sides. Wolves under Bruno Lage are well coached and know exactly what he’s doing. Okay, they are not the most exciting side in the world, but they totally bossed the game.
“Wolves bossed Man United at Old Trafford. It should have been more than 1-0.
“You look at those two teams [against Wolves] and one team believed their manager. It isn’t just Rangnick’s fault.”
Cundy also thinks United will be regretting not getting Conte.
“One of the mistakes that Man United made is how they let Antonio Conte slip through their fingers when he was there,” he added.
“The answer was there and in front of them. He was out of work. It was there. Credit to Spurs, they rectified their mistake and got the job done.”
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