Last year, Manchester United chose German mastermind Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager for just over 100 days.
Rangnick’s arrival was greeted with renewed optimism by the Old Trafford crowd after a poor start to the season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Unfortunately, United has not improved much under the former RB Leipzig manager, particularly at the back, where their terrible defense continues to concede goals.
Manchester United will finish the season without a trophy for the fifth consecutive season after losses to Middlesbrough and Atletico Madrid in the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, respectively.
They are out of both domestic and European Cups, and they are 20 points behind league leaders Manchester City with only nine games remaining.
So far, the German manager has managed United for 20 games, winning nine, drawing seven, and losing four. Rangnick is unlikely to be awarded the job permanently due to his underwhelming win percentage of 47.5.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils’ defense continues to entertain fans of other teams with several mistakes. Under Rangnick, United has conceded 28 goals in 20 games, while their attack (35 goals scored) hasn’t fared any better.
In that sense, here are five Manchester United players who have failed under interim manager Ralf Rangnick:
Manchester United paid £36 million to Real Madrid for 28-year-old Frenchman Raphael Varane last summer, which was considered a bargain at the time. Fans expected the centre-back to exert his will on a backline that had struggled since the 2020-21 season.
Varane’s unusually tentative displays have been masked by Harry Maguire’s well-documented problems. Despite Varane’s 15 appearances under Rangnick, United has only kept two clean sheets with him in the lineup.
He’s also missed 14 games this season due to hamstring and groin injuries, among other things.
Diogo Dalot, a 23-year-old Portuguese winger, has had a consistent run of games this season because to the troubles of £50 million man Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The former AC Milan defender, though, has been unable to take advantage of the opportunity, and United’s already weakened right flank has suffered as a result.
During the second leg of United’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid, Dalot also lost Renan Lodi at the back post. The Brazilian full-back was given a free header that saw the Red Devils eliminated from the competition.
This summer, United may have no choice but to bring in a new right full-back alternative.
Cristiano Ronaldo has largely underperformed in the second half of the season, aside from a spectacular hat-trick in a 3-2 Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur.
With the exception of that outstanding performance, the Portuguese forward has only scored three goals in the 15 games he has played under Rangnick. Only six of Ronaldo’s 18 goals this season have come under the interim coach.
The dry spell includes a key penalty miss in the FA Cup against Middlesbrough, which forced the game into a shootout, which United lost. In a 180-minute match against Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo was unusually quiet, scarcely getting a sniff at the La Liga team’s goal.
Over the last year, Marcus Rashford has had a troubling fall from grace. In 2020-21, the 24-year-old scored 21 goals and assisted 15 times for Manchester United in all competitions, missing only one league game.
In 26 games this season, the Englishman has only five goals and two assists, and he is apparently considering his future at the club. Under Rangnick, Rashford has appeared in 16 games, scoring twice and assisting once.
When given the chance to shine, the forward has been terrible, from bad decision-making to continuous ball-handling.
It’s coming to the point where Harry Maguire can’t help but feel sorry for himself. Manchester United had no business paying nearly £80 million on the 29-year-old English centre-back, according to some.
The most expensive defender in football history has had a disappointing season. There are questions about his starting spot and whether he is worthy of the club’s captaincy.
Maguire’s 15 games under Rangnick have been plagued with hilarious mistakes, including an own goal against Tottenham Hotspur, a goal gifted to Manchester City, and a headbutt with his own teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.