Ten Hag refused to work with Rangnick at Man United after public criticism

Date published: Friday 24th June 2022 11:23 - Will Ford

Man Utd football director John Murtough and new manager Erik ten Hag.

Erik ten Hag reportedly refused to work with Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United, leading the club to cut ties with their interim coach of last season.

Rangnick took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford last season and openly criticised the state of the club in press conferences.

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He was due to take on a consultancy role at the end of his temporary role as manager, but the club instead announced a clean break as Rangnick was left to fully focus on managing the Austrian national team.

ESPN now claim that United terminated the consultation agreement after discussions with Ten Hag, who informed the club that he didn’t want to work with Rangnick at Old Trafford.

The report claims Rangnick – who won just 11 of 29 games as United boss – was expected to meet face-to-face with Ten Hag for a detailed meeting over the state of the squad, but the new United boss ‘only granted a phone call’.

‘United bosses had become increasingly exasperated by some of Rangnick’s public comments in news conferences, particularly that as many as 10 new signings were necessary this summer’.

And it’s also stated that United asked Rangnick to sign a non-disclosure agreement as part of his departure.

Meanwhile, former United coach Rene Meulensteen is concerned over the club’s lack of transfer activity and has warned Ten Hag over his “massive step up”.

Meulensteen told talkSPORT: “It is a bit of a worry. If you look how Liverpool and City have done their business with Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland, they have strengthened.

“United have far more work to do than that. It is a massive step up [for Ten Hag]. He needs to get the dressing room buying into his ideas and way of work, because there are some issues there over the last season or so.

“He needs to sort that out and hit the ground running. You want players to come through the door and you want to get fans excited. I think the messaging from him through the media has to be important.

“They are just sliding and sliding and if I don’t see really quality coming through the door. If Ten Hag has a similar squad to last year with the players who are left, then it will be a big, big challenge.”

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