Man Utd stars part ways with ‘complete junk’ in training as horror season hits new low | Soccer | Sport

Two Manchester United first-team stars reportedly had to be separated from a ‘complete scrap’ during a training session on Thursday. Tensions are high at United in the closing stages of a dismal season on all fronts ahead of the massive dressing room change this summer.

According to The Sun, the ‘shocking incident’ occurred in the latter stages of Thursday’s training session, with just over a week to go before the final match of the campaign at Crystal Palace. The anonymous duo came to blows and ended the session prematurely, and Ralf Rangnick’s team were ordered back to the locker rooms soon after.

Tempers are understood to have ‘boiled’ at Carrington due to United’s torrid season on the pitch, problems with training and poor relations with the current caretaker manager. The report states that even squad members accustomed to internal raids were “stunned” by the scenes.

Rangnick conceded more time off to his broken dressing room following last Saturday’s 4-0 humiliation at Brighton & Hove Albion, who had not previously won a home game in 2022. And next Sunday, another loss to Palace at Selhurst Park could condemn United to Europa Conference League football next season.

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Erik ten Hag will inherit a team that desperately needs inspiration and hope this summer, and the Dutchman has already started his job from Amsterdam after winning his third league title with Ajax on Wednesday. On the day of training, Ten Hag met John Murtough to discuss the club’s signing plans ahead of his debut campaign at Old Trafford.

The 52-year-old wants four signings in the summer transfer window: two midfielders, a centre-back and a forward. And he is understood to be ‘desperate’ for a reunion with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, who shone under him at Ajax before moving to Camp Nou in 2019.

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Ten Hag has also told club scouts to target potential free transfers as he works on a limited budget of around £100m. Paulo Dybala and Ousmane Dembele could be two attractive options, but the absence of Champions League football at Old Trafford could deter efforts to sign players of their ilk.

With nine days to go until the final day of the Premier League season, Rangnick has a big task to squeeze a strong performance out of his side against a dangerous Palace side. But if the Red Devils fail again, West Ham United will be confident of stealing sixth place and their place in the Europa League.

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