Ole Gunnar Solskjaer problem highlighted as reason for Ralf Rangnick’s Man Utd struggles

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been blamed for Ralf Rangnick’s slow start to life at Manchester United by Tony Cascarino – who has accused Solskjaer of being too “matey” with his players

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Tony Cascarino has suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to blame for the issues that Ralf Rangnick has faced so far during his time at Manchester United.


Rangnick was drafted in on an interim basis back in November when Solskjaer paid the ultimate prices for a torrid run of form.

But United's struggles haven't ceased under Rangnick, with the German struggling to reinvigorate a side that has struggled in the Premier League this season. Rangnick has also been accused of being "outdated and out of his time" by one source close to the United dressing room this week.

Although Rangnick initially talked up his chances of remaining in charge beyond this season, his uninspiring start to life at Old Trafford means that's now unlikely.

But Cascarino has hinted that United's struggles are down to Solskjaer being too "matey" with his players in a desperate bid to keep them onside – and he believes that Solskjaer's shortcomings have hampered Rangnick during his brief stint in charge.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been blamed for the issues that Ralf Rangnick is facing at Manchester United

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"I don't know because I haven't been round. It's only my assumption, but it felt like that Ole tried to keep so many players onside, and that can sometimes come at a price," Cascarino told talkSPORT.

"A little bit too matey. The team and who he selected, too often, felt of the ones he trusted and ones he didn't. I thought there was a divide created at Manchester United. I think that was clear.

"That, by the way, happened at Liverpool. I've seen that because that's the club I've supported and I knew a number of players at that football club over different decades, and that happened there.

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"So when standards drop and then you get certain people wanting to do one thing and then suddenly it gets a little bit too close, a manager has to be really careful with his players.

"Becoming too close, and too friendly, can create a lack of respect to doing the right things that need to be done to be successful."

Solskjaer was often accused of having favourites during his three-year reign at Old Trafford.

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But despite some claiming that was the reason that the likes of Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard didn't get a look in during Solskjaer's time in charge, the duo have still both struggled to taste much action under Rangnick.

After a number of lacklustre displays, Rangnick was forced to defend his techniques earlier this month when he insisted that his players were listening and trying to adapt to his methods.

"They are at least trying, I am sure that they are listening," Rangnick said earlier this month.

"We showed in the last games against Crystal Palace and Burnley that they are trying to follow the advice that I give them. We conceded less goals than before, it is 0.6 goals per game.

Rangnick has struggled to improve United's fortunes since taking charge

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"But yes, still it is about balance, we need to find the best possible balance between offence and defence. We still have something to do to get better on."

In addition to Cascarino's comments on Solskjaer, Rangnick has also taken a subtle swipe at the former United boss by cancelling the warm-weather winter training camp that United's former boss had arranged.

United's squad were due to travel to Dubai later this month when the Premier League's winter break begins.

But Rangnick has cancelled those plans due to fears over the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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