Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness has questioned Manchester United’s decision to appoint Ralf Rangnick as caretaker manager after Saturday night’s 4-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium .
United suffered their fifth successive Premier League away defeat in dramatic fashion, conceding three times in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard all got their names on the scoresheet after Moises Caicedo gave the home side a first-half lead.
United were second from the first minute on the south coast and did not appear to seriously threaten Robert Sanchez in the Brighton goal. They were lifeless in the first half and chaotic in the second.
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The defeat officially spelled the end of United’s already dim Champions League hopes for next season, meaning the highest they can now realistically finish with one game to play is sixth. Rangnick’s arrival in November on a contract until the end of the season has not had the expected impact and he has now won just 11 of his 28 games in charge in all competitions.
But while most of the problems United continue to encounter are the result of mistakes beyond Rangnick’s control, the decision to appoint him as caretaker manager has been seriously questioned in recent months. Souness was the latest to share his verdict, suggesting it was a huge mistake to name him.
“Man United have been ten years since Fergie [Sir Alex Ferguson] packed, ridiculously bad football decisions,” Souness said. sky sports. “I never met the guy [Rangnick].
“Maybe I won’t meet him, maybe I will meet him, to talk football with him. But what geniuses at Man United sat down and thought ‘we’re going to get rid of Ole? [Gunnar Solskjaer] and there is a guy who is an adviser and consultant at Lokomotiv Moscow. I was told that was the man and let’s check his CV”.
“There’s nothing on his CV to justify him getting the job at Man United. If you go back to the players they’ve signed, the players they’ve kept and renewed their contracts, to that last guy who’s happened, you just don’t know where they get their football decisions from.
“But they’ve been consistently wrong for ten years.”
Due to his status as caretaker manager, it has been questioned whether or not United players are ready to listen to Rangnick’s advice. For Souness, the band dropped out a while ago.
He added: “They have good players, not great players but good players. They are a mile away from the two teams they need to catch, which are Manchester City and Liverpool.
“I think looking at Man United and the man in charge, they don’t [the players] Listen to him. When I see a manager talking, I always imagine myself back in the locker room at 22, 23, listening to him talk, he’s not going to put me there.
“Fergie would make it clear to me, he wouldn’t. I think those Manchester United players stopped listening a long, long time ago.”
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