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dressing room leaks ‘We know who it is’ – Gary Neville claims he knows the United players undermining Ralf Rangnick

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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville. Credit: Mike Egerton

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville. Credit: Mike Egerton

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville. Credit: Mike Egerton

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has claimed he knows which Old Trafford players are behind dressing room leaks that are undermining interim manager Ralf Rangnick and his coaching staff.

His fellow pundit Paul Merson has called for Rangnick to be sacked, but Neville is pointing the finger at certain players in the Manchester United squad for sowing seeds of discontent at the club and maintaining a negative focus on the German as he tries to arrest United’s slide, with Champions League football under threat for next season.

Speaking out on his Sky Sports podcast on Monday, the pundit said: “I remember when I joined Sky and we had the Champions League in the early years, and I went over to Napoli to do a game involving Chelsea. It was when Andre Villas-Boas was their manager and he left out Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Ashley Cole – four or five prominent players.

"I remember sitting there at lunchtime with our team and they were getting messages of team news being leaked and the manager being slagged off, and I sat there thinking, ‘does this actually happen’?

“Players agents and PR teams were briefing the media on a match day about what was going on inside a club, and it was the first time I had seen it and known for it to happen – it really unnerved me.

“That is happening at Manchester United now – they are at it, the PR teams, the agents and the marketing teams, as a self-preservation for their own player.

“But what they do not realise is that unfortunately, when they go to the media then those media people go to us – so we know who is briefing. The reality is that we do not like it, but we know who it is.

“I thought that was downright disrespectful - I did not find it funny at all that they were describing Ralf Rangnick’s No 2 as Ted Lasso and not only was it disrespectful, but I found it disgusting.

“It sums up what I think of them: that they are disrespectful. I think if I was Ralf Rangnick and his No 2, I would gain strength from that because I would not want to be on the same page of some of those players who are leaking those types of stories.

“We are not going to throw people under a bus here because we have that journalistic respect – but they are it in the same way that Chelsea were all those years ago.”

Neville also hit out at reports United players would prefer Mauricio Pochettino to come in over Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.

'I don't like reports saying "players want this manager" - stay out of that. Get your own job right,' Neville said.

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“If Pochettino is the choice of the board, appoint him. But they shouldn't appoint him because of what the players think. I hate to think for one second they are listnening to the players in the dressing room.

“They have big PR machines - agents, PR machines, social media teams are active and they have been for a good few months.

“At this moment in time, they are all looking after one another. All that c***, that nonsense is happening behind the scenes at United."

United ended the weekend fifth in the Premier League standings knowing Arsenal, Wolves and Tottenham below them have at least one game in hand.

United are back in action on Tuesday night at home to Brighton before a clash against rivals Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday.

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