Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has insisted “you cannot relax” during a Ralf Rangnick training session, as the interim boss tries to contend with attitude problems within the squad’s ranks.
The German manager has faced criticism in the wake of United’s dreadful display away at Newcastle, where they somehow managed to come away with a point despite being convincingly bettered by their hosts.
The performance was so poor it has shone the spotlight on whether all is well within the squad in terms of morale, a number of United’s attackers looking particularly disheartened.
While the Red Devils went someway to putting their efforts at St James’ Park behind them with a convincing 3-1 home victory over Burnley, question marks remain over whether Rangnick’s men are all pulling in the same direction as they aim to get their season back on track.
De Gea is one of the few who can say they have played to the best of their ability since Rangnick took his place in the Old Trafford hot-seat, the Spaniard has been in inspired form as of late.
Whether that is down to the training sessions put on by his new boss is unclear, but De Gea has revealed what they are like to Amazon Prime.
“He’s put on very intense training sessions, high tempo all the time. You cannot relax,” the ‘keeper said.
Recent reports have suggested Rangnick is particularly concerned with the morale around the club’s Carrington training base, as cliques between sections of the squad have formed – potentially disrupting the harmony both on and off the pitch.
Some players are said to be unhappy with the length of time Rangnick’s training sessions last as they regularly do not head home until it is already dark out, while the chemistry between certain individuals has been called into question.
Ever since his return to the club, there has been speculation surrounding whether Cristiano Ronaldo would stunt the development of Mason Greenwood – the relationship, certainly on the pitch at least, between the pair hardly showing signs of being a world class partnership.
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As the January transfer window creeps closer, Rangnick is also on the cusp of a potential mass player exodus, with Anthony Martial the first United star to confirm he wants to call time on his Old Trafford stay.
De Gea’s deputy Dean Henderson is another player rumoured to be frustrated with his lack of game time and is expected to hold talks with Rangnick about a potential departure.