The derby hammering at City has only worsened the mood at Manchester United.
Discontent with the selection policy that has harmed a number of Manchester United players is still widespread in the locker room.
Even after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final months as manager, several marginal players are still furious at being passed over in favor of a direct opponent. Because of their regular appearances, one player has referred to a teammate as a “teacher’s pet.” Another player who has battled for a consistent run of games is jealous of the attention his competitors receive.
Even after mocking Ralf Rangnick’s resume, several United players are still disgruntled with his management style and approach to the team. A few Manchester United players have expressed their doubts about the hiring of a coach who had previously worked as a sporting director in Russia’s second tier and whose only significant trophy was the German Cup with Schalke last year.
An insider in the United dressing room has revealed that several United players find the season’s demise “bizarre” and that the responsibility cannot be placed only on manager Ralf Rangnick, who has a six-month contract.
Marcus Rashford is unhappy about a lack of playing time, which was exacerbated by his appearance as a substitute in the Manchester derby despite the absence of strikers Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood.
Anthony Elanga started City’s 4-1 hammering in place of Marcus Rashford, who had started just two of the previous 11 Premier League games since he was benched against Burnley in December.
Despite the fact that he is essentially the team’s fifth-choice centre-back, Eric Bailly is said to be irritated by Harry Maguire’s continual inclusion in the starting 11. As Raphael Varane had tested positive for Covid-19, Bailly was only named on the substitutes’ bench at Manchester City. The Ivory Coast international had only featured seven games all season.
Bailly, 27, signed a new deal with Manchester United last year when the club was still exploring the potential of moving him. Despite this, Bailly is open to leaving United in the summer.
After starting eight consecutive games at right-back, Diogo Dalot’s abrupt departure from the team has left him perplexed. While Dalot was scheduled to start against Atletico Madrid three days later, he was unexpectedly substituted by Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the right back position.
It was then back to the drawing of Watford and crushing of City for Aaron Wan-Bisaka, who was constantly criticised for an error-strewn performance that Roy Keane thought was ‘too casual.
Dean Henderson doesn’t like that he only played three games this season and didn’t start a single game in the Premier League. Ahead of the November 2014 World Cup, Liverpool’s Henderson, who turns 25 this month, plans to permanently depart United this summer.