Erik ten Hag will be given a dossier detailing the Manchester United players by interim boss Ralf Rangnick, and the German won’t hold back.
United suffered yet another defeat at the weekend, this time to Arsenal, as their chances of a top four finish all but disappeared amidst some comedy defending.
The team’s poor results against the Gunners and Liverpool last week sandwiched the announcement that Ten Hag will take over as manager in the summer, and shone a light on how much he needs to do to turn things around at Old Trafford.
There has been a lot of talk about the attitude of the players and, according to the Mirror, Rangnick has been asked by Director of Football John Murtough and CEO Richard Arnold to create a dossier for Ten Hag on the current squad.
Rangnick’s run down is set to be ‘no holds barred’ and he will detail how he’s been let down by certain players after being reportedly ‘staggered’ by their lack of professionalism.
A long with that, the interim manager is set to tell the new man that players have actually ignored his instructions in games, refusing to play patterns he’s asked for.
He has already told Murtough that certain players are ‘not fit for purpose’ and are unable to keep up with other teams, which might explain why he quickly abandoned his original plan for his side to adopt gegenpressing.
The 64-year-old former RB Leipzig manager was brought in by the club until the end of the season back in December and is supposed to be taking up a two year consultancy role after Ten Hag takes over.
He has been very honest in his assessment in recent weeks, saying that United are six years behind Liverpool and compared the fix to their problems to open heart surgery.
Ten Hag’s honesty is also said to have already impressed at Old Trafford, with the 52-year-old’s open discussion about the club’s recruitment and scouting during his interview said to have helped him get the job.
He is likely to arrive at United with a clear out already part way through being complete, as Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic all set to depart in the summer.
More players could join them on the way out, as the Dutchman also looks to recruit players to play in his system, and potentially welcome back Donny van de Beek.
The former Bayern Munich II boss is said to already be eyeing up eight current stars to form the basis of his squad, which includes three young players.
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