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11 Man Utd players seeking exit as Ralf Rangnick faces significant unrest

Krishan Davis
Rangnick is already facing significant off-field issues
Rangnick is already facing significant off-field issues / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages
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Ralf Rangnick is already facing significant dressing room unrest just one month into his tenure as Manchester United's interim manager, with as many as 11 players disillusioned and seeking a way out of the club.

The German's arrival in the dugout in place of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not led to an uptick in form, with results so far including an underwhelming 1-0 victory over bottom club Norwich and a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Newcastle.

United slipped to their first defeat under Rangnick on Monday, beaten 1-0 at home by Wolves, and the result has led to further revelations about the club's off-field problems.

It was previously reported that cliques had formed and morale was very low among the squad, and the Mirror has now revealed that as many as 11 players are disillusioned with life at Old Trafford and want to leave the club.

Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek, Eric Bailly and Dean Henderson continue to be overlooked, just as they were under Solskjaer, and the resentment they are harbouring is said to have led to a divided dressing room.

Lingard and Van de Beek are yet to start a game this season and haven't played since early December, while Rangnick will not let Henderson leave on loan in January despite the fact the 24-year-old has made one appearances all season.

Left-back Luke Shaw hinted at divisions within the group after Man Utd's defeat to Wolves, saying: "Us players, we have been here a long time, maybe tonight we struggled, I didn't think we were all there together.

"You look at the players we have, we have unbelievable quality but sometimes quality is not enough."

The report claims that several players are also unimpressed with Rangnick's tactics and the level of his and his assistants' coaching, while his contract until the end of the season is undermining his position.

Meanwhile the i writes that the German's decision to cancel days off and reschedule training sessions for the afternoon has also led to 'unnecessary tension' as it has disrupted the players' routines.

Rangnick will hope to remedy some of the problems facing him, with United's next fixture not until 10 January, when Aston Villa visit Old Trafford in the FA Cup.

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