Rangnick ‘fears he lacks time and influence’ to solve Man Utd’s toxic troubles

Ralf Rangnick fears he doesn't have the 'time or influence' to solve Manchester United's troubles before his period as interim manager ends in May, according to reports.

It was revealed last week that an incredible 17 first-team stars are looking to leave Old Trafford this month or at the end of the season amid poor morale in the dressing room.

Many of the 17 are under contract and will not be allowed to depart United on their terms, but there is still expected to be a number of high-profile exits over the coming months.

Add in a dressing room already divided into cliques and the club's dismal position in the Premier League table – United are seventh, 22 points adrift of City – and it paints a desperate picture for Rangnick.

According to The Mail, the German is said to feel that he doesn't have the time to make the changes he knows are necessary before the end of the campaign, when he will move upstairs into a consultancy role.

The 63-year-old's authority has been weakened among the squad because the short-term nature of his appointment means players are less likely to buy into his ideas and methods than if he were there permanently.

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Indeed, for a manager who is synonymous with big, long-term projects at the likes of RB Leipzig, his appointment as United boss on a short-term deal is looking more curious with every passing match.

Doubts are also being raised over his training methods and the calibre of his coaching staff, with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna replaced by Chris Armas and Ewan Sharp until the end of the season.

Armas has been sacked twice in the last 15 months, while Sharp has held roles with clubs well below United's level, including Toronto, New York Red Bulls and most recently Lokomotiv Moscow.

On top of that, Rangnick is said to have identified a selfish element among the dressing room, a problem detected by Jose Mourinho during his time in charge.

It all paints a sorry picture for a club who are already out of the title race and could have more serious restructuring to do in the next few transfer windows.

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