Gary Neville has urged the Manchester United players to hold a meeting to work out their differences.
Sportsmail revealed on Monday that morale is low, there are concerns over cliques plus chemistry issues between Cristiano Ronaldo and some team-mates while some stars want to leave.
The former United defender, who did not hold back when analysing Ralf Rangnick’s side in their 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Monday, has called on stars to ‘sort out’ their problems in a private meeting.
Gary Neville has urged Man United players to hold meeting to work out their differences
Former United defender has called on stars to ‘sort out’ their problems in a private meeting.
‘On United I’m seeing reports of dressing room dissatisfaction this morning,’ he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
‘Something wasn’t right v Norwich and certainly not v Newcastle.
‘Still four pts from those games is not a disaster considering the performance levels. Have a meeting (without staff) and sort it out!’
Neville branded United players a ‘bunch of whingebags’ as he let rip into them after their ‘shocking’ first-half display at St James’ Park.
He said on Sky Sports: ‘They’re whinging at each other! They’re a bunch of whingebags! A bunch of whingebags! Watch them on that pitch, arms up in the air, complaining about everything! Honestly, they’re absolutely shocking out there in that first half.
‘They got the last manager the sack! Ralf Rangnick is not going to get the sack, he’s only had a few weeks with them, but they’ll get a lot of managers the sack, that lot, if they carry on like that. They’ve got to sort themselves out because it’s massively below what’s expected.
United put in a below-par performance in a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Newcastle
‘They’ve played the two teams at the bottom of the league, and they’ve shown us nothing! Nothing to do with the manager, by the way. It’s to do with the players out on the pitch. Not good enough.’
Neville also added that the lack of cohesion at the club will leave interim boss Rangnick ‘genuinely worried’.
And the ex-defender has not been the only one to criticise United stars’ body language in recent weeks as Rangnick did so following their narrow win over basement boys Norwich on December 11.
After rescuing a point at Newcastle through substitute Edinson Cavani, Rangnick was also less than impressed with his team’s ‘energy and physicality’.
There are still questions over Cristiano Ronaldo’s chemistry with some team-mates
United returned to action after 16 days away – caused by a coronavirus outbreak within the squad – but produced a below-par performance in the north east.
Neville slammed both Ronaldo, who snubbed United fans at the final whistle and headed straight down the tunnel, and Bruno Fernandes.
Sportsmail revealed that there are still questions over the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s chemistry with certain team-mates, including Mason Greenwood.
Neville also hinted at leadership issues and it’s believed that United captain Harry Maguire has been more subdued since Ronaldo returned in the summer.
‘The attitude, the basics, something just isn’t right in there. There’s definitely whinging going on,’ Neville added on Sky Sports.
Neville added that the lack of cohesion at the club will leave Ralf Rangnick ‘genuinely worried’
‘They’re all at each other, they’re not helping each other, and the spirit of a dressing room is really important. I don’t think they’re all with each other at this moment in time.
‘There’s a big of a leadership struggle going on; Maguire is the captain but he doesn’t feel like the captain. Ronaldo has come in, and has maybe upset Bruno with the hierarchy in the team, Cavani comes off the bench, a senior player.
‘It just doesn’t feel like the mix is right. Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] was struggling with it towards the last few months, and now Rangnick is struggling with it. Those players don’t look happy out on the pitch, and they need to get that right.’
It’s understood that the mood at the training ground is very low and concerns over dressing room cliques have not been helped by an upgrade to the canteen that has seen six four-seater booths installed.
Rangnick takes later training sessions and the players are said to be struggling to adjust while Anthony Martial, Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard are agitating for moves away from Old Trafford.
Neville branded United players a ‘bunch of whingebags’ after their first-half display on Monday