“It shouldn’t be a problem at a club like Manchester United,” Ralf Rangnick told a press conference when asked whether motivation has been an issue for Man United lately.
“The players who play for Manchester United should always have an eternal level of motivation.
“If I look at the Everton game until that first deflected shot on our goal, we were in control of the game. I’m not saying that we played extremely well but we controlled the game. From the sideline, I had the feeling that they [Everton] felt shaky. At that time, had we scored ourselves, it would have been different but we didn’t.
“We conceded the goal and from then on it changed the atmosphere in the stadium, and it also changed our own energy level in our team and this should not happen.”
“Even if you concede a goal – a deflected shot in football can happen – we should still be aware that we are the better team and we can dominate game. That wasn’t the case and it’s probably got to do with confidence. You may call it motivation, but it definitely affected our level of confidence at that point.”
United have won just one out of the last seven games across all competitions and are already six points outside the top four.
From the outside, it appears as if the players have already given up on the season and waiting for the new manager to take charge – one can only wonder what Erik ten Hag thinks looking at this squad.