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Two Man Utd players in training-ground fight, as Ralf Rangnick gives squad another break

Matthew Briggs
Ralf Rangnick Man Utd January 2022

Two ‘senior’ Manchester United players reportedly came to blows in training at Carrington on Thursday which forced interim boss Ralf Rangnick to curtail the session.

After last Saturday’s 4-0 mauling at Brighton Rangnick gave his squad four days off. The German coach labelled the showing at The Amex a “humiliating defeat”.  

“It was a terrible performance. From the first until the last minute it was not enough; we can only apologise for this performance and a humiliating defeat,” said Rangnick after the game.

But things at Manchester United must have been simmering away within the squad in their time off, because “a full-on scrap” took place, according to The Sun.

There is no suggestion which two players were involved but the headline referred to the pair, who “had to be pulled apart” as “senior stars”.

The session, as per the report, was ended early with the players sent back to the changing rooms by Rangnick.

The beleaguered coach then handed them more time off, with their next game a week on Sunday.

The report claims: “Even players used to bust-ups between team-mates were stunned.”

However, the Daily Mail have played down the clash.

 

The paper have carried the story but state the nature of the alleged bust-up has been “overblown” by The Sun.

United’s season could still sink lower with a seventh place finish still possible. West Ham are three points behind but have two games to play, meaning they could leapfrog United pushing them into the Europa Conference League.

Man Utd rebuild

New boss Erik ten Hag will arrive from Ajax in the summer looking to make his mark.

Ten Hag met with Football director John Murtough this week in Amsterdam to go over what is required at the club.

Chief executive Richard Arnold will oversee a rebuilding of the staff behind the scenes, while four new players are expected to arrive.

United though are only set to put aside around £100m for new signings, according to the report.

Ten Hag will put any funds he receives for players into his buying pot. He is said to be chasing two midfielders, an attacker and a centre-half.

United are also scouring the free-transfer market as they look to pick up a bargain.

The likes of Paulo Dybala, Franck Kessie, Ousmane Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Andrea Belotti are all free agents this summer.