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Harry Maguire insists that Manchester United players have “full respect and confidence” in Ralf Rangnick’s methods after a turbulent period in the Premier League giants.
Recent reports have suggested that several United players have expressed their dissatisfaction with Rangnick and his coaches and are considering their future at Old Trafford.
An overwhelming start to the season led to Ole Gunnar Solskjær being fired in November and replaced by the German coach until the end of the 2021-2022 campaign.
Despite a promising start, a sad 1-1 draw in Newcastle just before the turn of the year and a 1-0 home defeat to Wolves last time sparked talk of a crisis at the club.
However, Maguire is adamant that United’s players are behind the interim head coach and say they will do everything they can to turn their fortunes around.
“His details and preparation are enormous, we have full respect and confidence in his methods,” the English international told reporters.
“He’s made an impact. The manager is there to set us up tactically, which we definitely take with us. We listen to him and his staff. Yes, it’s hard when the coaching staff changes in the middle of the season, as it does in plenty. of clubs.
“But it’s up to us as players. The quality and the leaders are on the team to ensure that we finish the season in the top four and with a trophy.
“This team finished in second place last year and we have a better and bigger squad this year so we have to show the right attitude.
“We have great players on the team; leaders. I’m tired of repeating myself, but it can not continue like this – we have to go out and run properly from Monday [against Aston Villa in the FA Cup].
“We are all angry and want to do our best, which has probably come across the field at times.
“But the team spirit is good, despite what people say. As a professional football player, you have to take criticism on the chin and react well to it.
“At the same time, you sometimes have to ignore the outside noise and just get your head down [in training]. We know that if we can put together a series of results, then everything else will take care of itself. “
Maguire also said he has had a number of talks with other players and the management team as United look set to return to winning.
“I’m the captain and manager in the locker room and I’ve had private conversations with the players and management who want to remain private,” he added.
“Make no mistake, I’m here for the match and I know my teammates are. I expect them to be, and if they are not, then something is wrong.
“We have a great team. Of course, not all players will always be happy as they are not playing, but it’s football and we all need to stay professional.”