Things only appear to be getting worse for Manchester United. With the Premier League giants struggling for form, the appointment of a new permanent manager has been earmarked as a crucial step in their path to recovery. However, the man who is now leading the race for the Old Trafford job is reportedly causing a rift among an already divided dressing room.
According to the latest reports, Erik ten Hag is in pole position to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick. Initially, Mauricio Pochettino appeared to be the favorite, but after holding an interview with the Ajax boss, the Dutchman looks to have stolen a lead.
However, not every Manchester United player is happy with the direction the club is headed in. According to the Manchester Evening News, while some members of the Red Devils squad are excited over the prospect of working under Ten Hag, others are not too pleased with his potential appointment.
The article states that the Ajax boss is seen as “underwhelming” by some players as the majority prefer Pochettino over the 52-year-old. While the former Tottenham boss has not been ruled out, it is concerning to see this reaction from a squad already in disillusionment.
Several players are struggling for confidence, namely Marcus Rashford, who was benched once again in the 1-1 draw with Leicester despite Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani both being unavailable.
This was just the latest move from Rangnick that left the players baffled, and to make matters worse, it did not pay off as the Red Devils dropped points at home to the Foxes.
The 20-time champions of England are currently in seventh, with Tottenham and Arsenal, the two favorites to finish fourth, sitting three points ahead despite playing one and two games less, respectively. Failure to secure UEFA Champions League football for next season will be a huge blow, one that could follow an unwelcomed managerial appointment.