United suffered another blunder-plagued defeat against Arsenal, with interim boss Rangnick criticizing a slew of VAR rulings that he claims went against his team, including one that ruled out a second-half Cristiano Ronaldo goal for offside.
Though a fifth defeat in their past eight games only backed up Scholes’ comments about the team’s gloomy attitude and fragmented nature, Rangnick himself revealed that their Champions League departure against Atletico Madrid had left them ‘destroyed.’
‘It’s an awful catastrophe,’ Scholes, a former United midfielder, remarked. ‘The dressing room is a disaster. Jesse and I had a little talk the other day, and I’m sure he won’t object if I say the dressing room is a wreck.’
‘Obviously, after games like today, or after Liverpool or Everton, there is enormous disappointment in the locker room, for sure, this is natural,’ Rangnick remarked when asked about Lingard’s alleged words to Scholes.
‘It would be more of a problem if it were the other way around.’ This is common for me, but I believe the entire group gets along reasonably well; I wouldn’t go so far as to say they get along well. I don’t believe there is a problem with the locker room.’
Rangnick did admit, though, that United’s morale was down because they no longer have much to play for.
‘When you look at the standings and see Tottenham and Arsenal, it’s not really reasonable to think about finishing in the top four,’ he remarked.
‘It’s a question of pride and honor, and we owe it to the fans,’ he said. ‘We have two home games against Chelsea and Brentford.
‘I understand that the defeat to Atletico Madrid dashed a lot of dreams as well as the emotions of some of the players.
‘That particular moment sparked a bad reaction in the group, and the draw against Leicester and the defeat at Everton also had an impact.’
United’s defending was terrible before all three Arsenal goals, and they had chances to score more than the one goal they got from Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored his 100th Premier League goal.