Speaking about the reports that there are 17 ‘unhappy’ players at Man United, Rio Ferdinand told the Vibe with Five podcast: “You’re going to get players who are going to be bad eggs and if they don’t play, they want to make it uncomfortable for everyone and want to come in and change the atmosphere in the dressing room.
“They will be a bit aloof, not saying ‘hello’ to people, not being punctual. Those players – get out. You go to the manager and you tell the manager: ‘That geezer, he’s a disgrace in our changing room, he’s ruining it and he’s going to get beat up at some point.’
“Man United’s biggest mistake in recent years is allowing certain players and certain people externally, who are part of some players’ circles and networks, to disrespect the club publicly.
“They haven’t slammed the door shut in their face and really put those people in the place they should be. You can’t allow that.”
“The minute you allow that once, allow someone to step out of line, then other people in those people’s circles start to think, “well, he got away with it so I’ll say my thing now. I don’t mind leaking because there’s no repercussions and I won’t come under any kind of fire at the club because of that.
“No, you nail that person immediately and that’s the mistake the hierarchy at the football club in recent years have done poorly. They have let stuff slide too much, they have got to be drilled those people.”
Despite rumors of a ‘squad unrest’ under Ralf Rangnick, the likes of Fred and Raphael Varane have dismissed those claims.
The United squad still doesn’t look fully happy with the changes brought on by the manager but will have to produce positive results going forward to solidify their futures at the club.