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‘This season’s lost’; Sheringham slates Man Utd policy twisting players minds

Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and first-team coach Michael Carrick, September 2020

Treble winner Teddy Sheringham feels Manchester United are the architects of their own downfall as baffling decisions have led to ‘uncertainty’ this season.

The Red Devils went into the campaign looking to close the gap on rivals and champions Manchester City. But, after an encouraging start, things tailed off and any thought of a title challenge was soon out of the window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked, with Ralf Rangnick eventually brought in as an interim manager.

That was following Michael Carrick’s three-game stint as caretaker boss. It means that the Old Trafford outfit have had three managers this term, with a fourth set to arrive in the summer.

Sheringham played under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at the Theatre of Dreams. He was part of the side that won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1998-1999.

And the 55-year-old pulled no punches in his assessment of the current situation.

“In the main, when we’re talking about Man United, I think the real problem goes back to Rangnick coming in, another interim manager. It’s just absurd for me,” he told Genting Casino, per The Mirror.

“United had an interim manager in Michael Carrick, they let him go and appointed another. It just brings uncertainty to a group of footballers that should be playing at their highest level.”

Sheringham concerned over player mentality

It has not been all doom and gloom for United this season. They currently sit sixth in the table and are just one point adrift of fourth-placed West Ham United.

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The north-west giants topped their Champions League group and face Atletico Madrid over two legs in the last-16. But there is a sense that performances have yet to improve under the German tactician.

And Sheringham believes that the managerial merry-go-round has played its part.

“A footballer’s mentality, if you are left out for three or four games is, ‘I really want to get back in the team’, but when it’s an interim manager you can wait till the end of the season and say, ‘Do you know what? He’ll be gone before I go, so I’ll wait till the next manager comes in’.

Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with the United post. And Sheringham feels that the situation surrounding Rangnick’s future means it will be back to square one in the summer.

“If he leaves at the end of the season, and then someone completely different, like Pochettino, comes in, it’s a whole new vibe of how you want to play football,” he continued.

“This season’s going to be lost. It will be wasted and you have to start again. If the next manager brings in his own staff, his own players – it’s just a whole new revolution again.”

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