Kevin Phillips says the writing is on the wall and he “wouldn’t be surprised” if interim boss Ralf Rangnick did not see the season out at Manchester United.
United’s disappointing home draw with Southampton leaves them 23 points behind their neighbours, table-topping Manchester City. But more concerning for Rangnick is that it came 24 hours after a significant leak at the club.
Gary Neville has since labelled the rumours “disgusting” but Rangnick had to face questions about his training methods on Friday.
A damaging report from ESPN claimed that Rangnick’s methods were ‘old fashioned’ with 49-year-old American coach Chris Armas likened to fictional coach Ted Lasso.
And Phillips, who made over 650 career appearances, thinks Rangnick could be walking a tightrope at Old Trafford.
“It’s Man United – at the end of the day,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“They set standards and have done for years and years now. If you’re not meeting those expectations, then people have paid the price for that in the past.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Rangnick were to go. We heard about something similar when Mourinho was there with the players questioning the training methods, and that didn’t last long.
“Once we start hearing rumours and that sort of thing, it’s a massive concern. And you can see that coming through on the pitch with the performances and body language of the players.
“It’s a concern and I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t see the season out and was soon sacked.”
Merson unsure about Rangnick
The former England man says United have not improved under the German. And he does not think the 63-year-old will move into a two-year consultancy role at the end of the season.
“I don’t see him (Rangnick) being there and the way it is going at the moment if they don’t get in the top four I would be shocked if he went upstairs,” said Merson.
“It’s the deal, I know that’s the deal, but it’s not a good thing and I think it needs to be nipped in the bud at Man Utd. I can’t believe what they are doing.
“Waiting for next season to bring a new manager in? There’s a lot of work to be done at Man Utd. This is not just bring a new manager in and let’s go next season.”
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