Football365:Rio Ferdinand slams Rangnick for ‘airing dirty laundry’; urges Man Utd to take drastic step


Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United should ban Ralf Rangnick from press conferences as the interim boss is ‘airing the club’s dirty laundry in public’.

Rio Ferdinand looks at something off camera during his role as a BT Sport pundit

© PA ImagesRio Ferdinand looks at something off camera during his role as a BT Sport pundit

Rangnick has been refreshingly honest throughout his time at the Old Trafford helm, criticising the players and the club’s recruitment.

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The German boss has one game left in charge before taking on a consultancy role with the club for the next two years.

Ferdinand believes Rangnick needs to “accept some responsibility” for the problems at United.

Speaking on his FIVE YouTube show, Ferdinand said: “I don’t agree with the way that he’s airing the dirty laundry in public while he’s still in the hotseat, while he’s still in there.

“It’s nice sometimes for fans, you want to get a bit of insight, but there’s information that he’s letting out [that he shouldn’t be]. You’re still in the job, man, relax, have some respect for the people around you.

“Make waves behind the scenes. Push and pull and jostle for positions and outcomes behind the scenes with people. I’ve said this for a couple of weeks now, he’s saying a lot of stuff to almost distance himself from responsibility. But he has to accept some responsibility that the team has got worse since he’s been in there.”

Rangnick has said he was frustrated at being denied a new striker in the January transfer window and while Ferdinand understands his frustration, he’s urged his former club to stop the 63-year-old from talking to the media.

Ferdinand added: “For all the great work he’s done at previous clubs, a lot of that was recruitment and bringing players in. He’s been brought in to be a manager and manage this team and navigate them to Champions League football. He’s failed in that department, and that’s undeniable.

“But then he’s shifting blame all over the place and that’s the bit that really I find a little bit distasteful.

“He was brought in as a consultant first and foremost, and then to do the stuff in the changing room, but with the long-term thinking that he will be behind the scenes working out what is needed for this squad from a recruitment perspective.

“He’s offering up names and certain talents that he feels would have huge impact immediately, short-term and long-term, and he’s not being backed – and I think that’s where his frustration lies. He mentioned Luis Diaz, Dusan Vlahovic who went to Juventus, but [United] didn’t move, he said the board declined the moves because they’re waiting for the summer.

“I think his impatience with that and his frustrations are being borne out in his interviews now. I’ll be honest, if I was the club I wouldn’t allow him to do another press conference.

“I don’t want that stuff out in the media. If I’m the person who’s running the club, I’d be saying: ‘Talk to us and we’ll work it out. You might not agree with what I’m saying but you’re employed by us, these are the rules, stay within the boundaries.’

“At the moment, he’s saying stuff and I’m sure the people behind the scenes are raising their eyebrows every time there’s a press conference.”

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