Manchester United players unhappy with Ralph Ragnick’s training and comparing his assistant to Ted Lasso
Ragnick took over as interim manager from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December and is expected to become a consultant at the end of the season, with United’s board likely to choose between Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag as his permanent successor.
Despite being knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Middlesbrough last Friday in an agonizing penalty shootout loss, United still have a lot to play for this season.
Ragnick’s team has a Champions League last 16 encounter against Atletico Madrid coming up later this month, but they face an uphill battle to finish in the top four after a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Tuesday.
Rangnick’s late afternoon practices had previously raised issues among United’s players, who are now alleged to be unhappy with his ‘old fashioned’ techniques, according to ESPN.
Furthermore, numerous players have compared Armas, a former USA international, to Lasso, the character from the popular Apple+ comedy program who was appointed to manage AFC Richmond.
Rangnick’s work is reported to be mostly focused on shape and basic team organization, leaving little possibility for individual talent development.
To be fair to the German, United has improved their defensive performance since his arrival, but they have struggled to convert their dominance into goals, with more sloppy finishing costing them dearly at Turf Moor earlier this week.