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Manchester United: Alex Crook claims there’s a ‘definite split in the dressing room’

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TalkSport journalist Alex Crook has provided some worrying claims about the dressing room at Manchester United.

The Red Devils made it through to the fourth round of the FA Cup last night as they beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Old Trafford, however, that result might not be enough to quell concerns over the overriding problems at the club.

They currently sit on the outside looking in when it comes to Champions League football, star man Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly cutting a frustrated figure with how the team are performing, while there is still no clarity on who will be the next permanent head coach after Ralf Rangnick.

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And speaking on TalkSport, Crook claimed that problems at the club are apparently slipping into the dressing room as well, splitting it into two different factions.

He said: “Clearly, there are problems in the dressing room and we see on the back pages [on Monday] that Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent is flying over because his client isn’t absolutely convinced that he made the right move in terms of adding trophies to his glittering CV. I’ve been told there is a definite split in the dressing room with the Portuguese speakers and the non-Portuguese speakers.”

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It certainly doesn’t come across as the most promising situation for the club right now if there are so many problems going on all at once.

It’s especially worrying because the same situation was happening under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and months after his departure, the fact that the problem hasn’t been fixed is rather concerning.

The thing that Manchester United need the most right now is some clarity over their short-term future and where they are going. It can’t be easy for the players to buy into Rangnick’s philosophy when his deal is structured in such a way that he is only in the dugout on an interim basis before moving upstairs, meaning they may have to change course again in a few months.

The earlier that they can get their affairs in order and get some clarity, the earlier they can start to put the other problems right.

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