Man Utd chiefs adamant in Ralf Rangnick decision despite player complaints

Manchester United chiefs are still 'adamant' Ralf Rangnick will remain in charge until the summer despite their recent downturn in form.

Rangnick, 63, has come under scrutiny for failing to instil confidence in the dressing room with United stars even taking to social media to publicly deny claims made by the German boss.

And since exiting January, the Red Devils have failed to claim three points against Southampton and bottom-of-the-table Burnley despite taking the lead in both fixtures.

Fielding a full-strength side, United were also defeated by Championship outlet Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, as their wait for a first trophy since 2017 rumbles on.

Players have also denied reports they are unhappy with him.

Though Rangnick is still expected to take charge until the end of the season, according to reports in The Express.

It's stated United chiefs are adamant he’ll see out his contract as manager before taking up a consultancy role within the club.

And that plan has not altered despite the poor turn in form.

Though ex-Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips believes all is not well at Old Trafford: "It wouldn’t surprise me if Rangnick were to go. We heard about something similar when Mourinho was there with the players questioning the training methods, and that didn’t last long.

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"Once we start hearing rumours and that sort of thing, it’s a massive concern. And you can see that coming through on the pitch with the performances and body language of the players."

The former Schalke and RB Leipzig boss was appointed interim manager in November after previous boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer was shown the door following a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford.

Rising to fifth in the Premier League table since his appointment, Rangnick has United on the verge of Champions League qualification with just one league defeat during his tenure.

The Red Devils are just a point behind West Ham with a game in hand but face stiff competition from Arsenal, Wolves and Tottenham who are all within touching distance.

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Rangnick is still anticipated to take up his backstage role within the club next season and will contribute to the discussion over his successor.

Both Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino were linked with the vacancy when Solskjaer was dismissed but neither felt comfortable taking on the job mid-season.

With Zidane a firm favourite to take the reins at PSG at the end of the campaign, Pochettino, Luis Enrique and Erik Ten Hag are the leading candidates to replace Rangnick at Old Trafford.

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