Two Manchester United first-team stars had to part with ‘total scrap’ during a training session on Thursday, according to reports. Tensions are high at United in the closing stages of a dismal season on all fronts ahead of the mass change in the locker room this summer.
According to The Sun, the ‘shocking incident’ took place in the later stages of Thursday’s practice, just over a week away from the campaign’s final game at Crystal Palace. The unnamed duo clashed and ended the session prematurely, with Ralf Rangnick’s team being sent back to the locker rooms shortly afterwards.
Tempers are believed to have boiled over at Carrington due to United’s torrid season on the pitch, problems with training and a bad relationship with the current caretaker manager. The report claims that even squad members used to infighting were ‘stunned’ by the scenes.
Rangnick granted more time off to his broken locker room after last Saturday’s 4-0 humiliation at Brighton & Hove Albion, who hadn’t won a home game in 2022. And next Sunday, another defeat against Palace at Selhurst Park may condemn United to the next season’s Europa Conference League football.
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Erik ten Hag will inherit a team in desperate need of inspiration and hope this summer, and the Dutchman has already started his work in Amsterdam after winning his third league title with Ajax on Wednesday. On training day, Ten Hag met with John Murtough to discuss the club’s recruitment plans ahead of their debut campaign at Old Trafford.
The 52-year-old wants four signings in the summer transfer window – two midfielders, a defender and a forward. And he is understood to be ‘desperate’ for a reunion with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, who shone under him at Ajax before moving to Camp Nou in 2019.
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Ten Hag also told the club’s scouts to target potential free transfers as he works on a limited budget of around £100m. Paulo Dybala and Ousmane Dembele could be two attractive options, but the absence of Champions League football at Old Trafford could impede efforts to sign players of their class.
With nine days to go until the last day of the Premier League season, Rangnick has a big task to get his team to perform well against a dangerous Palace squad. But if the Red Devils slip up again, West Ham United will be confident of stealing sixth place and their Europa League spot.
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