Interim coach of Manchester United is disappointed!20 May, 2022
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Manchester United interim coach Ralf Rangnick said ahead of his final Premier League game on Sunday that the biggest disappointment he had experienced during his tenure at Old Trafford was the lack of team spirit at the club.
Rangnick's team is sixth in the league with 58 points, two ahead of seventh-placed West Ham United, and needs a win at Selhurst Park to secure a place in the European League next season.
Rangnick, who will lead the team for the last time on Sunday before Eric ten Hag takes over next season, said United had lost confidence after being eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid in the last 16. "Up until that confrontation the team was stable ... it was more stable defensively," Rangnick told reporters on Friday.
He pointed out that, “Since facing Atletico, we have moved away from our level. It's about trust, team spirit and teamwork... It was the biggest disappointment for me because the club lacked team spirit.”
The German coach, who will move to a consultant position next season, said that he is in contact with the new coach, Ten Hag. British media reported that Ten Hag is expected to attend Sunday's match.
"We have been in contact via WhatsApp," Rangnick said. We hope that we will have the opportunity to speak and meet in person at the weekend or Monday at the latest.” In response to a question about United's future, Rangnick said he was confident that the club would spend the necessary funds to sign the right players in the upcoming transfers.
"I still strongly believe that there is a group of players who have enough quality to play for this club," he said. "If we sign the right players, especially in terms of mental strength, I'm sure we will be able to bring this club back to the top. Perhaps this is not possible in one transfer period, but in two or three periods.”
Rangnick said there were doubts about the participation of some players in Sunday's match, with Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones withdrawing from training. The coach added that Luke Shaw may not train again before Sunday's game after his life partner gave birth to their second child.
United will finish the season with their lowest points total in the Premier League era regardless of beating Palace.
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