Paul Scholes reveals that Jesse Lingard told him that Man United’s dressing room is a ‘DISASTER’… as Ralf Rangnick admits that the club’s top-four hopes are over after crushing defeat by Arsenal
Paul Scholes revealed Jesse Lingard has told him the Manchester United dressing room is ‘a disaster’ as Ralf Rangnick admitted their hopes of a top four finish are over.
United slumped to an error-strewn defeat once again at Arsenal leaving interim manager Rangnick bemoaning a string of VAR decisions that he claimed went against his side including one to rule out a second-half Cristiano Ronaldo goal for offside.
Though a fifth loss in their last eight games only supported Scholes claims about the rock-bottom mood and fractured nature of the United squad while Rangnick himself admitted they had been left ‘destroyed’ by their Champions League exit against Atletico Madrid.
Ralf Rangnick said there was ‘massive disappointment’ in the squad after defeat to Arsenal
Former United midfielder Scholes said: ‘It’s an absolute mess. It’s a disaster of a dressing room. I had a quick chat with Jesse the other day and I’m sure he won’t mind me saying he said the dressing room is just a disaster.’
Asked about midfielder Lingard’s alleged comments to Scholes, Rangnick said: ‘Obviously after games like today, or after Liverpool or Everton, there is massive disappointment in the locker room, for sure, this is normal.
‘It would rather be a problem if this was different. This is for me normal but I think the whole group get on reasonable with each other, I’m not daring to say they get on well with each other. I don’t see there is an issue in regard to the locker room.’
Rangnick, though, did concede United’s morale was on the floor as they now have little left to play for.
Jesse Lingard is set to leave Manchester United when his contract expires this summer
Paul Scholes claimed that the United dressing room is a ‘disaster’ after speaking to Lingard
‘You look at the table, Tottenham and Arsenal, it’s not very realistic to dream and talk about top four,’ he said.
‘It’s a question again of pride, a question of honour, we owe that to the fans, we have two home games against Chelsea and Brentford.
‘The defeat to Atletico destroyed a lot of hopes and also the emotions of some of the players which I can understand.
‘That very moment caused a negative reaction in the group and the draw against Leicester and defeat at Everton also had some effect.’
United lost 3-1 to Arsenal on Saturday afternoon as their top four hopes suffered a huge blow
United’s defending, once again, was poor before all three Arsenal goals while they had opportunities to score more than the one they did, from Cristiano Ronaldo, his 100th Premier League goal.
Rangnick also claimed a host of VAR decisions went against them.
He said: ‘We were pretty unlucky with three or four questionable VAR decisions after seeing video footage in the locker room.
‘There was a handball issue in the first-half, Jadon Sancho [and Cedric Soares] was involved.
‘The second goal of Cristiano was not offside and you can even see it in that total perspective exactly in one line.
Anthony Elanga appealed for a penalty when Nuno Tavares brought him down in the box
‘I just saw it right now after the game and if this is the right picture, and I suppose they showed me the right picture, you could see it, it was clearly one line in one line.
‘Their third goal was clearly offside, I spoke to David de Gea after the game and he said to me he just couldn’t see the ball because [Eddie] Nketiah was in between Granit Xhaka and himself. They checked it but for whatever reason still gave the goal.
‘Anthony Elanga was arm-in-arm with [Tavares], the other player with him. At least, also questionable. The other three situations were clear.
‘This is why we have a VAR and you should expect the VAR plus the referee, if they’re checking situations they come to the right decision.’