Rio Ferdinand agrees with Ralf Rangnick’s assessment of Erik ten Hag .’s “distractions”
Manchester United are expected to confirm Erik ten Hag as their next permanent manager, but interim boss Ralf Rangnick oversaw a surprise defeat to Everton on Saturday
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Before Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand agreed to the affirmation from the interim manager Ralf Rangnick that uncertainty about the manager usually directly next at Old Trafford should not be used as an excuse.
United beaten 1-0 against a struggling Everton on Saturday, with the return of Cristiano Ronaldo failed to get Rangnick’s team back on the winning track. The Reds have won just one fifth of their last league games, and after the game there were questions about whether a delay in appointing a new full-time boss could affect on-field problems. or not.
Erik ten Hag is expected to get the job, with Ajax bans English media from their manager’s press conferences as the conversation got louder. Rangnick previously said that he is still prepare to brief his permanent successorbut he and Ferdinand are singing from the same hymn that can be distracting.
“I don’t think this should be an excuse,” Rangnick told BT Sport when asked about the manager’s situation. “We are Manchester United, we have a lot of international players, this cannot be an alibi or a distraction.
“There will be a new manager next season, whether it is announced now, in 14 days, 20 days, this will not affect a game like today.” And, while Ferdinand is also reluctant to make excuses, he at least acknowledges an environment of uncertainty that is rarely conducive to good results.
“Uncertainty is not a great thing at any level of a football club,” said the expert. won’t be part of the script. “
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“But where are we and you have to face it,” continued Ferdinand. “Manchester United has to keep going and it has to get results, and the players have to destroy themselves with what happens off the pitch.
“When I was there, you really didn’t care if there was noise around the Glazer house and everything, it was a side issue, you shouldn’t get involved with that. You have to stay out of that.
“What I’m saying is that as a player, experienced players have to lead this. Like the manager said, there’s no excuse. We have a lot of work to do. There is a Champions League The place is still waiting for us. ”
Defeat at Goodison Park sent United down to seventh, three points behind Arsenal and Tottenham before the two London teams start the weekend schedule. With just seven games left, they are running out of time to secure Champions League spots before their new boss arrives.