Ralf Ragnick was compelled to minimize discuss of dressing room unrest as he dismissed Manchester United’s probabilities of ending within the high 4 after they slipped to defeat at rivals Arsenal.
3-1 loss on the Emirates Stadium was punctuated by a Bruno Fernandes penalty miss, with interim boss Rangnick revealing Cristiano Ronaldo advised him he “didn’t feel well enough” to take the spot-kick.
Nuno Tavares’ first Arsenal purpose, a Bukayo Saka penalty and Granit Xhaka’s high-quality strike was sufficient to safe the factors for the Gunners, who had seemed rattled after Ronaldo had pulled one again together with his one centesimal Premier League purpose.
Speaking as a tv pundit, former United midfielder Paul Scholes probably opened a can of worms as he stated: “It is an absolute mess.
“It is a disaster of a dressing room. I had a quick chat with Jesse (Lingard) the other day and I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that the dressing room is just a disaster.”
When the quotes had been put to Rangnick within the aftermath of the defeat, he refuted the claims: “I don’t know, you must ask Jesse Lingard when you’ve got this info.
“Obviously after video games like right now or the video games at Liverpool or Everton, there’s huge disappointment within the locker room for certain.
“This is regular. It can be relatively an issue if that was completely different so that is for me regular. I believe the entire group, they get on cheap with one another.
“I’m not daring to say they get on well with each other but I don’t see that there is an issue with regard to the atmosphere in the locker room.”
United missed the right probability to stage after Tavares conceded a penalty for handball however Fernandes may solely hit the put up from 12 yards.
The consequence left United six factors behind fourth-placed Arsenal having performed a recreation extra and Rangnick, who will depart in the summertime to get replaced by Erik Ten Hag, believes Champions League qualification is now past attain.
“Look at the table and the teams with Tottenham and Arsenal, I think it is not very realistic to dream and speak about the top four,” he stated.
Asked about why Fernandes took the penalty and never Ronaldo, Rangnick defined: “It’s between the each of them.
“Both are penalty-takers. Cristiano told me after the game that he didn’t feel well enough and that’s why Bruno took it. In the end it was about two or three yards a little bit further to the right.”
While United lurched to a different defeat, with captain Harry Maguire watching on from the bench having been axed following the 4-0 loss at Liverpool, Arsenal continued their rejuvenation.
The Gunners bounced again from three consecutive defeats with a win at Chelsea and adopted that up with victory over a top-four rival.