‘Swimming against the tide’ – Perry Groves delivers honest verdict on Ralf Rangnick’s impact at Manchester United

Former Arsenal star Perry Groves has given a scathing assessment of Manchester United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick.

The German, who was appointed in December, has struggled to help United regain their best form as the Red Devils continue to follow suit.

He oversaw just the third league defeat of his tenure so far last weekend when Everton beat their side 1-0 at Goodison Park. But United’s overall performance remains unsatisfactory, winning just 50 per cent of their top games under Rangnick.

Ralf Rangnick has won the fewest games of any Man United manager after 21 games in charge since 1986 😲 https://t.co/Xl4cePRSpG

They are seventh in the Premier League table and have already been knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League under the 63-year-old.

Groves, in his blunt judgment of the manager, said Rangnick had failed to improve the team, although starting problems also remained in the dressing room.

Speaking to talkSPORT on Sunday, the former Gunner said:

“I haven’t seen him have an impact. I don’t know if it’s an expansive, expansive team, if it’s a closing team, if it’s of a counterattack team.

“And I said the moment Rangnick walked in, I know all the other managers and coaches loved him because of his philosophy.”

Manchester United appeared to be a disjointed group with no consistency in their style of play, while many players also suffered a loss of form.

Groves further added that the Old Trafford squad could be beleaguered by a lack of unity within the squad which is impacting their performance on the pitch.

“And there is a fractured relationship between all the players at Man United, there is no unity in this team.

“I think a manager with a bigger stature wouldn’t have made people happy.

“So Rangnick is swimming against the tide because this culture was established long before that.”

Rangnick’s contract with Manchester United only runs until the summer and based on the team’s performance under him, it is unlikely to continue beyond this season.

Manchester United push for Erik ten Hag

A few names have been thrown in the hat for the Manchester United managerial job, but now Ajax manager Erik ten Hag is expected to lead the way, with interest in PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino also cooling.

Although the Dutchman has remained tight-lipped about his future, ESPN revealed last week that Manchester United are close to appointing him as their next permanent manager.

It has also been reported that United chief executive Richard Arnold and co-chairman Joel Glazer agree that ten Hag is the best candidate for the job.

Edited by Arjun Panchadar

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