Manchester United 'angering rivals with perceived arrogance' ahead of crunch Chelsea clash

Manchester United 'angering rivals with perceived arrogance' ahead of crunch Chelsea clash

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 03/04/2024

- 09:50

Updated: 03/04/2024

- 10:05

The Red Devils need to win at Stamford Bridge to boost their chances of securing Champions League football for next season

Manchester United have angered their Premier League rivals with their 'perceived arrogance' reportedly the talk of the boardrooms up and down the country.

The Red Devils are currently preparing for their crunch showdown with Chelsea on Thursday night.

Off the field, however, United have been looking to make changes as they look to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.

They are pursuing Southampton's Jason Wilcox, who has also been linked with Liverpool.

Manchester United Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Manchester United are angering their rivals ahead of their crunch showdown with Chelsea on Thursday night


United are also chasing Newcastle's Dan Ashworth, while they've already been successful in prising Omar Berrada from Manchester City.

However, The Sun say Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team have 'angered' Newcastle and Southampton with their approaches.

It's claimed other clubs are unhappy about how Old Trafford chiefs are behaving, too, with United looking to alter their setup following a decade of drift.

The perceived arrogance of United's approach is the 'talk of boardrooms up and down the country', the report says.

Ratcliffe recently purchased a minority stake in the club, having fended off competition from mysterious Qatari billionaire Sheikh Jassim.

And he's since taken charge of football operations at the club.

While United are putting plans in place for the future, however, it's unclear what will happen with manager Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman did well last term, guiding the club to Carabao Cup glory - while they also finished third in the Premier League table.

But United have crumbled this term, with their season stooping to a new low following a 1-1 draw with Brentford on Saturday night.

Several managers have been linked with the club amid the uncertainty over Ten Hag's future.

England boss Gareth Southgate is reportedly one candidate to take over, having worked wonders during his time in charge of the Three Lions.

Southgate recently downplayed talk of him leaving his role, however, and it's possible he'll stay with the national team for another couple of years.

Roberto De Zerbi is said to have admirers at United.

However, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are also fans of the 44-year-old and could swoop in to secure his signature instead.

Thomas Tuchel will be leaving Bayern come the summer and he's also been linked with a move to United.


Jason Wilcox

Manchester United have miffed Southampton by pursuing a deal for Jason Wilcox


So too has Julian Nagelsmann, though the former Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim boss is focused on winning the European Championships with Germany this summer.

Meanwhile, United legend Gary Neville recently criticised his old club and said their draw with Brentford was a 'new level of low'.

“I watched them last night and couldn’t believe really what I was watching," he said.

"I thought they would put a bit of pressure on Tottenham and Villa in the run-in. It’s actually really difficult to play that badly,

“Really, it is you know. I can’t think of any point in that game, maybe the first few minutes, where they did anything well at all.

Dan Ashworth

Manchester United are confident of hiring Dan Ashworth ahead of their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Thursday


"It was a horrible performance to the point where when Mason Mount scored, I think we may have had to start a petition to give Brentford two points back.

“It was absolute robbery. But then Brentford score. I can’t explain that performance, I’ve no idea where it comes from.

"Very worrying that you can go to that level of low. You know you can play badly in football, you know you sometimes don’t feel quite right.

“But that was a dismal, dismal effort in an attempt to play football, in an attempt to work as hard as you possibly can.

"When you give the ball away, their reaction is non-existent. They really are one of the worst teams out of possession.”

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