MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ralf Rangnick is quickly losing the faith of the dressing room, SunSport can reveal.

United under par for most of their 1-0 loss to Wolves and were made to rue Bruno Fernandes firing a sitter against the bar.

And now pressure is heaping on Rangnick, with players unhappy the the German's tactics.

Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have taken to social media to air their displeasure at United's performance.

SunSport can exclusively reveal the club are confident of landing £100m Declan Rice from West Ham this summer.

We understand United are likely to seize their chance in the coming weeks to do the groundwork in putting together a big bid at the end of the season for the England star.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are rated realistic contenders to sign Barcelona's star defender Ronald Araujo.

The Uruguay hero reportedly has a £168million release clause.

Elsewhere, reports suggest that the new interim boss has blocked Dean Henderson's potential loan move away from Old Trafford this month.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    Good morning Man Utd fans

    Manchester United's tactics were torn apart by Wolves boss Bruno Lage after his side won 1-0 at Old Trafford.

    He said: "The most important thing to us is to see where the full-backs are and in which positions they start in order to find the spaces.

    "When they are defending or when they are attacking, where are they? And if you look at the first-half, when they defended, they were trying to block. [Edinson] Cavani tried to control Ruben [Neves], Cristiano Ronaldo tried to control [Conor] Coady and the wingers came inside.
    "So the space was on the outside. That's why [Nelson] Semedo and Marcal had a lot of chances and a lot of the ball in the first-half.

    "And the boys found those spaces. That's what is so important – when you have the ball to find the space. And when you are defending [Daniel] Podence and Trincao understand what to do if the full-backs are in front of them…

    "Or if they go it's not your man and you control the space inside. The players understood the plan and we deserved the three points."

    Meanwhile, a Manchester United player allegedly had to GOOGLE who Ralf Rangnick was when he was named as the club's new boss.
    it's been claimed that at-least one bewildered United star had to resort to the popular search engine Google to find out who the incoming German was, according to ESPN reporter Mark Ogden.

    Ogden also claims that there may have been more United players who flocked to Google to check out Rangnick's credentials – but wasn't able to confirm if this was the case.

    The Red Devils have been out of sorts recently – and the members of the team not recognising Rangnick's credentials could play a part in their poor form, Ogden alleges.

  • Dylan Terry

    United closer to the bottom

    Manchester United are staring at a potential £86million financial black hole unless interim chief Ralf Rangnick can turn the club’s fortunes around.

    Monday’s desperate 1-0 home defeat by Wolves left United in seventh on 31 points, four points adrift of Arsenal in the battle for the top four.

    United are also already two points below resurgent Spurs, who have a game in hand over them and two more to play than their north London rivals, while West Ham are on 34.

    And most damningly, they are closer to Norwich at the bottom of the Premier League table than they are to Manchester City at the top.

  • Dylan Terry

    Jones should be proud – Shaw

    Manchester United defender Luke Shaw praised Phil Jones after he returned to the side for the first time in nearly two years.

    Jones impressed despite United's 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday night.

    And Shaw said: “Phil Jones should be proud of himself.

    "I think he’s been criticised for a number of years constantly, people always getting at him but he’s stuck by it, he’s so professional, trains so hard and he got his chance tonight and I think he was phenomenal.”

  • Dylan Terry

    Rio slams United performance

    Rio Ferdinand has attacked both Manchester United and Luke Shaw following the insipid performance against Wolves on Monday night.

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    Man Utd trophy cabinet

  • Dylan Terry

    Newcastle agree Kieran Trippier deal

    Newcastle have agreed a £12million deal to sign Manchester United target and Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier, according to Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie.

    Big moves from the newly-crowned richest club in the world.

  • Dylan Terry

    'It's not good is it'

    Gary Neville hit out at Manchester United after their dreadful defeat against Wolves.

    The former right-back took to Twitter on Tuesday morning with his damning assessment.

    He simply wrote: "It’s not good. It really isn’t!"

    Neville saw his beloved Red Devils slump to a 1-0 loss at home on Monday evening.

    It was the first time Ralf Rangnick had suffered defeat since taking over as interim boss at the end of November.

  • Dylan Terry

    Lukaku apologises to Chelsea fans

    Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has released a new video apologising to the Chelsea fans for the upset he caused after vocalising his unhappiness at the club.

    An interview wit the Blues forward from December whipped up a storm – which led Thomas Tuchel to drop him for the 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

    But in a new interview the Belgium said: "I'm sorry for the upset I have caused."

    Tuchel confirmed earlier today that Lukaku has apologised and he is now available for selection once more.

  • Dylan Terry

    Napoli set for Tuanzebe loan

    Napoli are poised to sign Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe on loan until the end of the season.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano hsa said: "Napoli will pay €600k guaranteed loan fee for Axel Tuanzebe deal.

    "Man Utd will receive also €400k in case Napoli will qualify for UCL + €200k if Axel will play certain number of games. #MUFC #Napoli

    "Tuanzebe will join Napoli on straight loan. No buy option included."

  • Dylan Terry

    De Gea praises Jones return

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    Season ticket holder on safe standing

    Manchester United season ticket holder Will Blatcher, who has been going to Old Trafford since 1998, has given his take on the new safe standing area.

    He said: “It was good. I want to stand up at a game. Whether United win, whether United lose, I'm going to want to stand up and I'm going to want to support the team, and this just gives you that ability to do it a little bit more.

    “You never see a choir that are seated! If I remember correctly from being dragged to choir performances when I was at school! It promotes a better atmosphere, having people standing up.

    “You're quite restricted when you're sat down. You're crammed in; there's not that much space around you. I naturally move when the game's in play. I step forward or I step sideways.

    "I'm not quite as bad as someone like Martin O'Neill, jumping up and down on the touchline, heading every ball! But I do move with it, so being able to stand up just helps with that. I always felt restricted when I was forced to sit down at a match.”

  • Dylan Terry

    Ince slams average Man Utd

    'Bang average' Manchester United have made NO progress under Ralf Rangnick, according to Paul Ince.

    Ince fumed: "If I'm being totally honest, then no. It reminds me of when Ole first took over at Manchester United and he had an easy fixture list – Cardiff, teams like that – and it came off the back of a Jose Mourinho team where the players didn't really like Mourinho and the atmosphere was hostile.

    "Ole came in, had a great fixture list to go into, changed the system, changed certain things, made it a happy camp and they started winning games.

    "I think we all got hoodwinked into the fact that this was the way forward and we were making progress. I get that same feeling now.

    "The fixture list that Ralf has come into is the perfect fixture list for any manager managing a big club like Manchester United. Apart from Palace at home, the performances have been absolutely bang average, they really, really have.

    "If you could ask any Manchester United fan sitting there now who knows about football, do you see a progression in the development of what we have seen over the last five games? You actually have to say no."

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    Man Utd next five games

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    Jones 'fantastic' on United return

    Former Manchester United centre-back David May was thoroughly impressed by Phil Jones' performance on his return to the team on Monday night.

    He told the club website: "Considering the amount of time he's been out with injuries, I thought he was absolutely brilliant.

    "He did ever so well. If there's any positives out of tonight, that's certainly a positive.

    "I thought he was fantastic."

  • Dylan Terry

    Ferguson and Carrick meet up

    Manchester United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Michael Carrick had plenty to chew over as they met at a plush Cheshire restaurant the day after the Red Devils' disaster 1-0 loss to Wolves at Old Trafford.

    The pair dined at a swanky Italian in Wilmslow on Tuesday morning and were deep in conversation for more than two hours.

    The pair arrived together and walked into Casa Italia just after 10am.

    They were not joined by anyone for the entire time and left the eatery around 12:15pm.

    Having chatted into the afternoon, the United icons stopped to bid farewell on the doorstep.

  • Dylan Terry

    Ronaldo return turning into nightmare

    Cristiano Ronaldo's fairytale return to Manchester United is quickly unravelling into a nightmare.

    He knows it, the fans are increasingly thinking it, and the new manager does not know how to reverse it.

    He returned in a bid to win another title, another Champions League, to complete the circle back at the club where he made his name.

    At this rate he’ll be lucky to have an FA Cup winners’ medal to add to his impressive haul.

  • Dylan Terry

    United for top four?

    Manchester United have incredibly still been backed to finish in the top four this season following their defeat to Wolves by a boffin Supercomputer.

    The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford on Monday as Joao Moutinho fired home in the 82nd minute to put a dent in their Champions League qualification hopes.

    The result leaves Ralf Rangnick's side in seventh spot in the Premier League – four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

    But according to bettingexpert.com, United are poised to pick up a run of form under the interim German gaffer to claim the final European Cup spot.

  • Dylan Terry

    United favourites to sign Dembele

    Manchester United are favourites to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.

    Dembele, 24, has entered the final six months of his contract at the Nou Camp meaning the Red Devils could sign the forward at a cut price.

    Betfair have Manchester United at 4/1 to sign the former Borussia Dortmund who looks likely to leave either this month or in the summer.

    The Catalan giants recently confirmed the signing of Ferran Torres for £55million but they cannot register the former Man City star until Barcelona sell player or reduce their wage bill.

    And with Dembele now being free to talk to clubs outside of Spain, Barca could look to offload him in January to recoup funds.

  • Dylan Terry

    Man Utd player googled Rangnick

    A Manchester United player allegedly had to GOOGLE who Ralf Rangnick was when he was named as the club's new boss.

    The 63-year-old replaced former Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last November after the Norwegian was given the boot.

    But Rangnick was not the high-profile name that many at Old Trafford hoped would be given the role – with both Zinedine Zidane and current Tottenham boss Antonio Conte heavily linked with the job.

    And it's been claimed that at-least one bewildered United star had to resort to the popular search engine Google to find out who the incoming German was, according to ESPN reporter Mark Ogden.

    Ogden also claims that there may have been more United players who flocked to Google to check out Rangnick's credentials – but wasn't able to confirm if this was the case.

    The Red Devils have been out of sorts recently – and the members of the team not recognising Rangnick's credentials could play a part in their poor form, Ogden alleges.

  • Dylan Terry

    Maguire struggling to sell house

    HARRY MAGUIRE is selling his Cheshire home for £1.82million, but is struggling to find a buyer.

    The four bedroom, two bathroom mansion was the Man Utd captain's first pad bought after he signed for the Red Devils in 2019 for £80million.

    But the England centre back, 28, has been forced to slash the price of the property because he couldn't find any takers.

    That comes as Maguire and his wife-to-be Fern Hawkins have been moved into another Cheshire house nearby worth £4million.

    According to the Mirror, the loved-up pair moved into their new abode before Christmas.

    However, despite settling in to their dream home, the old one is still on the market.

  • Dylan Terry

    Haaland given ultimatum about future

    Manchester United transfer target Erling Haaland has been given an ultimatum by Borussia Dortmund, with the German club telling him to decide his future by the end of January.

    The 21-year-old Norwegian sensation has a contract with the Bundesliga outfit until 2024, but he is expected to leave in the summer as Europe's biggest clubs prepare to pay his £64million release clause.

    Haaland has been linked with a move to Premier League outfits Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea.

    But, according to Marca, it is Barcelona and Real Madrid who have been put on alert following Dortmund's call for a decision to be made by the player.

    A deadline of January 31 has been set – meaning Haaland's future will be known by the end of the current transfer window.

  • The Sun

    'Worst Appointment in Premier League History'

    According to former Arsenal winger Perry Groves, United made a major mistake hiring the Ralf Rangnick as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's replacement.

    The Red Devils lost 1-0 to Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday with Joao Moutinho's winner sealing the German head coach's first loss.

    Although results have picked up since the former RB Leipzig manager's arrival, the performances have still left much to be desired.

    They just about won against Crystal Palace and Norwich and were lucky to scrape a point at struggling Newcastle.

    Groves told talkSPORT: "I think he could go down as one of the worst appointments in Premier League history.

    "The players, you can tell that they're not having Rangnick.

    "You can tell that they're not convinced by him. They're not actually putting the effort in they should be."

  • The Sun

    United Join Liverpool in Tracking Zakaria

    According to The Mirror, the Red Devils have set their sights on signing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria.

    Boss Ralf Rangnick reportedly wants to add some steel to his struggling midfield after witnessing a series of poor performances of late.

    Fans have long bemoaned their need for a new defensive midfielder, and 6'3" Zakaria would add some much needed physicality to the team.

    Monchengladbach will reportedly accept around £25m for the 25-year-old Swiss international, according to the Daily Mail.

    And he has already stated that he plans to quit the German team when his contract ends in the summer.

    Which means that Adi Hutter's side would be better off cashing in on Zakaria now while they still can – rather than to let him for nothing in the summer.

    But the Red Devils will more than likely have to compete with rivals Liverpool for his signature, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp a long-term fan of the player.

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  • The Sun

    Long Way to the Top…

    Man Utd are closer to the bottom of the league than the top, sitting seventh on 31 points, 22 behind Man City in first and 21 ahead of Norwich at the bottom.

    While their upcoming fixtures offer them a chance to get back in the top-four, the financial repercussions of missing out will add to the pressure.

    Qualifying for the Champions League would be worth around £46m without kicking a ball. Missing out on it could cost them up to £86m…

    United currently stand ninth in the “10-year coefficient” table which sees 30 per cent of prize money distributed to the 32 qualifying clubs before the start of the competition, and would see them bank just under £23m.

    United would also earn the £13m equal share for qualifying for the group phase, while finishing fourth in the Prem would be worth an extra £10m from the first part of the English element of the television “market pool”.

    But by winning their group with three victories and two draws, United have already earned another £16.5m this season, money which would also disappear from the balance sheet.

    With each home game worth around an additional £6m in revenues, United’s exploits in Europe so far this term add up to that £86m figure.

  • The Sun

    'Rashford looks like a shadow of his former self'

    Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand has wasted no time laying into the current crop of players, citing their lack of confidence as the main reason behind their form.

    On his Vibe with Five show on YouTube, Ferdinand, 43, said: "We haven't yet seen the Sancho of Dortmund and Rashford looks like a shadow of his former self.

    "Cavani isn't firing really, Wan-Bissaka is shot of confidence, Maguire is lacking confidence at the moment.

    "I think that's a big part of our problem, we don't control enough of the games, and that's down to individuals but also the shape of the team.

    “I think there's so much to improve on, there are individuals but also the team shape as at the moment it doesn't seem to be suiting certain players.

    “Certain players aren't showing what they're about.

    "I'm waiting for the players individually to be built up and that's one of the big key points."

    Ferdinand also noted the lack of urgency in the team despite the appointment of the new manager, Ralf Rangnick.

    He said: “I thought that [Rangnick's appointment] was going to be a real jolt, and a real jump and a real shift when this new manager came in.

    "Yes, he needs time, but again after the first game I haven't seen a real shift in that confidence and those performances from individuals to elevate us as a team and that's what we need to see."

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