Man United owners have set a minimum target for Rangnick before he assumes a consultant role with players frustrated with him.
Ralf Rangnick’s handling of the Jesse Lingard problem has reportedly enraged Manchester United players.
The German stated that the England international had asked for time off after failing to leave the club in January, something the playmaker has refuted.
Man United owners, the Glazers have now set a minimum target for Rangnick to achieve before he becomes a consultant in the summer, so all is not well at Old Trafford.
United has had a terrible season so far, under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and David Rangnick.
And on Friday night, their season hit a new low as Middlesbrough upset United at Old Trafford, knocking them out of the FA Cup.
Rangnick backed up his previous claims that Lingard had requested time off after that match, despite the 29-year-old stating he’d been urged to do so by the club.
“With Jesse, I told you what my information was and my knowledge was, and of course, I would have loved to have had Jesse in the squad,” he said.
“We were one outfield player less on the teamsheet today, so why would I have allowed him to have four or five days off?
“I would have loved to have had him in the squad but it was not the case and therefore, it doesn’t make sense to speak about players who were not available.”
Rangnick’s handling of the problem has reportedly left United players ‘furious,’ according to the Sunday Mirror.
It comes after the 63-year-old claimed Anthony Martial had refused to participate, only to later claim there had been a communication failure.
United players are baffled as to why Rangnick isn’t tackling the situation in private rather than in front of the team.
An insider is quoted as saying: “It isn’t the United way to voice these issues in the media.
“This is a time to stick together, not go public with things that might cause division.”
Rangnick has been tasked by United’s owners, the Glazers, with bringing the club into the Champions League, according to the report.
And the German is insistent that he must be open and honest about the issues he is now dealing with.
Lingard had hoped to leave United in the January transfer window, with West Ham and Newcastle expressing interest.
However, he was obliged to stay put as the club loaned away Amadou and Anthony Martial while also dealing with the absence of Mason Greenwood.
Lingard is set to become a free agent this summer.
And it’s unclear what will happen with his future, with Newcastle and West Ham still in the running for his signature.
Rangnick, meanwhile, confessed he was ‘disappointed’ with his team’s failure to win after United’s defeat to Boro on Friday night.
“Incredibly disappointed, we should have won and killed off the game in the first half,” he said.