‘No cohesion, organisation, structure’ – Meulensteen slams Rangnick’s impact on ‘lost’ Man Utd

Former Man Utd assistant manager Rene Meulensteen believes Ralf Rangnick didn’t have the impact ‘everyone expected’ at Old Trafford.

The German boss replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this season and has been tasked with resuscitating the Red Devils’ season.

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It didn’t quite work out that way with Rangnick at the helm. Man Utd will end 2021/22 without a trophy – for the fifth consecutive season – and have missed out on Champions League qualification.

A 4-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday put salt in the wounds as Rangnick’s stint as caretaker manager looks set to end on a sour note.

The 63-year-old will step into a two-year consultant role at the end of the season with Ajax manager Erik ten Hag in charge at Old Trafford.

Discussing his former team’s torrid campaign, former Fulham boss Meulensteen said expectations were high at the start of the season after Cristiano Ronaldo joined the club.

However, Meulensteen insists Rangnick’s fate in charge has been disappointing as he prepares to hand over a ‘lost’ team to Ten Hag.

He said talkSPORT“There were a lot of expectations, even on my part. When Ronaldo arrives he comes for one reason and that is to improve the team and challenge United.

“They were second in the league so no reason to believe anything else.

“There was this lack of consistency at the start of the season and performances started to drop.

“The season has gotten more and more derailed.

“Rangnick’s impact was not what everyone expected. They went off the rails and irritation turned to frustration.

“It’s a team that’s lost. There’s no cohesion, no organization, no structure, no basic thing that you need for any successful performance isn’t there.

Man Utd conclude their season with a trip to Crystal Palace on May 22.

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