Dimitar Berbatov has urged Manchester United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick to change his coaching methods, amid reports of dressing room unrest.
Rangnick took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in early December and whilst result have slightly improved, they find themselves struggling for the top four and the Champions League is their only chance of a trophy this season, however unlikely it may be.
Rangnick has had public disagreements with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard in recent weeks and there have been a number of reports that the dressing room aren’t keen on the German’s coaching methods.
Now, Berbatov, who won two Premier League titles with the club, has admitted that Rangnick might have to adapt to get the best out of the current United squad.
Speaking to Betfair (via Daily Mail), Berbatov said: “I’ve read the latest reports that some of United players aren’t apparently happy with how training is going.
“If there is some truth to the reports and the training is a bit old school then it’s a problem because football is different now and you have to keep up with the times.
“I’m not saying completely step away from the old school way of training but you have to prepare for matches a bit differently now. Coaches have to adjust and adapt and get with the times.
“Rangnick hasn’t managed a team of United’s stature before, and I hope that if there is some unhappiness with training then things get sorted quickly.
“There are a lot of experienced players in the dressing room, like [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Paul] Pogba, and if training isn’t inspiring and players start to moan, I can see there being problems.”
United could only manage a draw at the Premier League’s bottom club Burnley in midweek and Berbatov added that they will have to start beating these sort of clubs to have any chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
“If you don’t win games against bottom of the table teams then success become a struggle. Manchester United’s game against Burnley was a must win and they failed.
“It doesn’t matter how, you just need to get the three points in these games. United didn’t get the win last time out and that’s not good.
“On paper, there’s a big gap in class between their squad and Burnley’s but they have to show that on the pitch as well. They’ve taken a big step backwards in the top four race.
“If you don’t win games against teams lower down the table then you will have issues, it’s no good just turning up in matches against the leading quartet.
“If United don’t get all three points in these kinds of matches from now on then I don’t think they will qualify for the Champions League this season.”
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