Ralph Rangnick risks losing more popularity at Manchester United as he prepares to shut down the Red Devils’ warm-weather training camp in Dubai during the Premier League’s winter break.
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Ralph Rangnick is preparing to cancel the Manchester United training camp in warm weather planned by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Rangnick replaced Solskjaer at Old Trafford’s bunker on a temporary basis less than seven weeks ago, and has already made multiple unpopular moves that have upset the star-studded Red Devils.
A source recently told Mirror Sport that the 63-year-old, who is respected among his coaching teammates, is being seen as “old and out of date” in their Carrington training complex.
“He’s not very popular, and we don’t like him,” added the source, who is closely linked to United’s dressing room.
With training sessions moved to the afternoon – which means the first-team players can go home later – the famed German coach will reportedly be shelving his plans to fly to Dubai during the Premier League’s winter break, starting on January 24.
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The Mail reports that the Red Devils are likely to remain at Manchester this month due to Covid-19 fears, with Rangnick also unhappy that midfielder Paul Pogba has undergone rehabilitation in the Middle East in place of Carrington.
Pogba has yet to appear since the 63-year-old was appointed on a temporary basis due to injury.
Solskjaer had taken his former players in the group to Marbella during the break two years ago and the warm-weather trip is said to have proven beneficial to the team’s cohesion and tactics, with their season transforming after that.
The news comes ahead of the Red Devils’ trip to face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday after narrowly beating Steven Gerrard’s side 1-0 in the FA Cup third round on Monday.
United once again made the headlines this week after Cristiano Ronaldo insisted in an interview that his teammates needed to improve their mentality.
Although he shut down calls to appoint Ronaldo as permanent captain, interim manager Rangnick agreed with his striker’s stellar comments.
“I think this should happen in every training session, in every match and of course it applies when things don’t go our way during the match,” explained the famous German coach, who was in charge until May.
“We have to act a certain way, but it’s also about being a role model, not only the older players like Cristiano, but also the younger players as well.
“If I go back now to the last six weeks I’ve been here, in all the games, and no more than the game against Aston Villa on Monday, every player has done their best.
“They were fighting for each other to fight and get to the next round, but I also think, from my point of view, there is always room for improvement. We can still improve, with our young players. [who are] Very talented.
“We have enough older players, but in the end it is a team sport and it is a ball game where we have to play together. The older players and the younger players have to come together and unite on the field.”