“It’s Manchester United, that shouldn’t have happened”

Former Premier League footballer Peter Crouch criticized Manchester UnitedThe players for publicly calling the name of interim boss Ralf Rangnick on social networks. Both Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard recently refuted Rangnick’s comments about them via social media over the past two months.

Crouch, who was on specialist duty for BT Sport during the Reds’ 1-1 draw against Burnley in the Premier League last night, said (as quoted by Metro):

“When things go wrong, there are arms thrown, people tweeting and appearing on Twitter and kind of demeaning the manager. It’s Manchester United, that shouldn’t be happening!”

Rangnick announced after the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa in January that Martial did not want to be in the squad for that match. However, the Frenchman posted an Instagram story shortly after, saying he would never disrespect the Red Devils by refusing to play.

Events repeated in some sense last week. Rangnick claimed before the FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough that Lingard had asked for a few days off to clear his mind. The same reason is that the English player cannot secure a move to Manchester United in the January transfer window.

However, Lingard took to Twitter to say that it was the club that advised him to retire for “personal reasons”.

The two incidents made all the headlines, putting pressure on Rangnick. Manchester United’s performance on the pitch has not helped either, with the club picking up just three wins from their last seven across the league. They also fell out of the top four spots in Premier League.

Peter Crouch believes the next Manchester United boss will have a ‘real job’ on his hands

Crouch added that the incidents involving Lingard and Martial were part of a series of current wrongs with Manchester United. He criticized the general body language of the players, stating:

“My anxiety has been with the players this season, a lot of people have talked about body language and attitudes and these things in the dressing room that you don’t want to hear.”

The former Liverpool striker added that whoever the Reds appoint in the summer could have a tough job to do. Crouch says:

“Whoever comes in and takes on that role after Rangnick this season has a real job at hand to make a dressing room harmonious again.”

It is not yet clear who will sit in the management hot seat at Old Trafford at the beginning of next season. Rangnick himself remains an option while the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag have also been linked with the job. “It’s Manchester United, that shouldn’t have happened”


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