DANNY MURPHY: Man Utd’s problems run further than dressing-room leaks… they can’t do the basics! 


DANNY MURPHY: The daily swirl of stories around Manchester United isn’t the cause of their problems, it’s the way they play… Ralf Rangnick’s side can’t do the basics!

  • Manchester United players have been slammed for leaks coming out of the club
  • But the real reason United are struggling is their inability to do the basics 
  • I’ve not seen much improvement since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Old Trafford
  • I can’t see Rangnick staying on, they desperately need a manager with pedigree 











Dressing-room leaks are the least of Manchester United’s problems. Players have always had loose lips and so have their agents and families.

None of it matters when the team is doing well. Instead of worrying about their media, United have to concentrate on what’s happening on the pitch, because things are dire for a club of their standing.

United look like a team lacking in guidance. They are easy to play against which is why David de Gea always seems so busy. United won’t struggle to create long-term because of their individual quality but they’re unable to do the basics; tracking runners, winning 50-50s.

Ralf Rangnick is unlikely to be staying on as Man United manager beyond the summer

Ralf Rangnick is unlikely to be staying on as Man United manager beyond the summer

The German's team can't get the simple things right and are relying on individual talent

The German’s team can’t get the simple things right and are relying on individual talent 

The talent means they can eke out undeserved results against the likes of Southampton and Brighton but the next two away games in the Premier League after Sunday’s trip to Leeds are Manchester City and Liverpool. I fear for them unless Ralf Rangnick can change things dramatically.

It’s not acceptable to struggle against teams like Saints, Burnley, Wolves and Middlesbrough and it’s due to a lack of work ethic, which comes from lacking leadership at the top.

At any big club, there has to be repercussions for not doing your job. When I watch United games, four or five aren’t doing their jobs and they are playing again the following game. The squad is as expensively assembled as City, Liverpool or Chelsea but they are miles away in standards.

Rangnick has a decent CV but he’s never had to run a club the size of United or players with these egos.

United are struggling against the likes of Middlesbrough because they can't do the basics

United are struggling against the likes of Middlesbrough because they can’t do the basics

I’ve not seen much difference since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left, some of the games like Southampton have been worse despite Rangnick’s assertion that the team is developing. They missed the boat not getting Antonio Conte when he was available. 

A manager who has dealt with the pressures at Juventus, Chelsea and the Italian national team, who wouldn’t be afraid to drop players who don’t work hard enough. 

That is what United desperately need and, regardless of where they finish this season, even sneaking into the top four by default, I can’t see Rangnick being asked to carry on. The daily swirl of stories around United isn’t the cause of their problems, it’s the way they play.

Besides the match action, everyone will hope Sunday’s game at Leeds passes off peacefully after recent incidents involved bottle-throwing or pitch invaders.

I don’t believe we are returning to the dark ages which led to fans being penned in, but it does need a concerted effort to name, shame and punish the idiots who are spoiling things for the vast majority of supporters.

Most of the time, the perpetrators will be intoxicated so it would be ludicrous to bring back fans drinking booze in their seats.

Most supporters will be happy to cope with going 45 minutes without a drink and waiting until the end of the game. I suspect the campaign to widen alcohol rules is governed by commercial interests rather than safety or enjoyment.

A trend has developed of players being hit by objects thrown from the crowds in stadiums

A trend has developed of players being hit by objects thrown from the crowds in stadiums  

You are promoting bad behaviour by continually selling alcohol. Going to football should be a good day and hassle-free environment. Yes, have a drink before the game, and after. But what is the benefit in this current climate of fans taking two or three pints to their seats and chugging them down during the game?

The great shame about these unwanted episodes is that supporters’ experience of going to Premier League matches is generally better than ever.

This is why anyone who is stupid enough to act like Jack-the-lad, tanked up with Dutch Courage or cocaine, have to be dealt with firmly. I think you’ll find if they are publicly outed, excluded from watching football and impacts on their relationships and work, the message will get round pretty quickly.

We have ample cameras and security surveillance in football, it shouldn’t be too difficult to sort out the problem before it becomes more widespread.



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