Rangnick’s outburst at ‘decadent’ Leipzig stars is bad news for Man Utd players

Some Manchester United stars could be in for a rude awakening once Ralf Rangnick arrives at the club.

The 63-year-old might be progressive in his coaching, but he stands for old-fashioned beliefs when it comes to behaviour.

During his time as RB Leipzig boss, Rangnick slammed his players after they flew in a celebrity hairdresser from London.

Flying in a hairdresser was bad enough for the German, but the fact it happened before a 2-0 defeat made it even worse.

Nine players, including Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu, had their hair cut by Sheldon Edwards at their hotel before the game.

The barber, whose previous clients include Jadon Sancho, later published images of his work on social media.

Needless to say, Rangnick was not best pleased wirh the visit and gave his stars a different kind of hairdryer treatment.

"I would have bet €100,000 on our players not flying in a star barber from England to have their cut in the hotel," Rangnick told Leipziger Volkszeitung.

"I would have lost that €100,000.. The 2-0 defeat was annoying enough, but that hairdresser leaves me in disbelief. That's decadent."

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"It's not far off the golden steak," Rangnick added, in reference to some Bundesliga players visiting Salt Bae's Nusr-et restaurant during the league's winter break in 2020.

Rangnick's dislike of decadent behaviour could put him on a collision course with some of United's most senior stars, not least Sancho, who was at the centre of the golden steak controversy.

Others in the firing line could include Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo, 36, is known for his love of cars and last month splashed a cool £8.5million on a limited edition Bugatti.

His selfishness on the pitch could also cause problems for Rangnick who values a collective pressing system.

Lingard, meanwhile, has received criticism in the past for his ill-judged social media activity.

He has faced suggestions that his activities away from football are a distraction but the midfielder disagrees.

"I feel for me that my things off the pitch… that's just me as a person, that's my character, it's my personality," Lingard said. "I like to interact with my fans and let them see what I'm doing. I'm not doing anything untoward.

"I'm still doing my things when I'm on the pitch and really training hard so as long as I can keep that focus and consistency through to the end of the season hopefully I can go to the Euros.

"I'm just about character, you know relax, have fun and play with a smile on my face but when it comes down to football, you know I'm 100% there, 100% working hard for my team in training and on match days."

Rangnick's dislike of luxury barbers could put him at odds with Pogba too.


The Frenchman is known for his flamboyant haircuts and has arguably had more fresh trims than good games for the Red Devils.

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