Live

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Repeat: OTB AM
Advertisement

Sport

'Where do you start?' | Pat Nevin on fixing Manchester United's 'poisoned' dressing room

Manchester United's new manager will need to rid the dressing room of 'poison' players and their attitudes when he arrives, according to Chelsea and Everton legend Pat Nevin.



Manchester United's new manager will need to rid the dressing room of 'poison' players and their attitudes when he arrives, according to Chelsea and Everton legend Pat Nevin.

Erik Ten Hag will take over at Old Trafford in the new season. He will replace current interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who has not had the best of times managing the side that contains a lot of big personalities.

It has been widely speculated that the dressing room at Old Trafford was dysfunctional, however former Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes confirmed it, when he revealed that Jesse Lingard told him that the United dressing room was 'a disaster'.

United's 'poisoned' dressing room

Speaking on The Football Show on Monday, Nevin suggested that it was always known how bad things were behind the scenes, even if it was surprising to come to light as it has.

"That is some line to say," Nevin said in response to the Scholes 'revelation'. "Again, it doesn't surprise us. It is what it looked like from the outside for quite some time.

"It didn't look to me like a group that was wanting to work together. Some players looked as if it was too much hassle for them or they were too good to do the work to earn the right to play your type of football.

"There was far too much of that for far too long. If you do that, then younger players coming through are just shrugging their shoulders."

Earlier in the season, Nevin discussed Marcus Rashord's lack of form on The Football Show. During that discussion, he mentioned that there seemed to be something wrong with Rashford that was not related to the pitch.

"I still don't know what [the issue with Marcus Rashford] is," Nevin said. "Whether it was the pressure he was taking on off the field.

"Whether he was fed up with the attitudes of others around him, I don't know. I don't think it could be that he's turned into an arrogant young lad, because he doesn't seem the type at all.

"So, it just goes through the dressing room like a poison, that. It only takes one or two to have the wrong attitudes."

Fred is the perfect example

For a team to be successful, all players need to know that the other players are working to the same goal as them equally as hard.

However, Nevin does not see that same unit cohesion in United at the moment.

"If you are working, and 11 people need to work together, and two aren't working, nine are doing all their work and then looking bad for doing it," Nevin said.

"There is a classic one where Fred gets a bit of abuse because he goes and tries to close somebody down. The only reason he has to go and close somebody down is because that other guy hasn't gone back and does his job.

"He gets passed by and looks an idiot, but Fred will know, 'actually, I had no choice'. Footballers aren't stupid; you know when somebody is not doing their work around you.

"If you feel that throughout the team, you've got cliques, you've got gaps, you've got people that think 'there's no way I'm going to put myself out for this, because I'm the one who's going to get the finger pointed at me'.

"That doesn't surprise me at all about the dressing room."

Where do you start?

With Ten Hag set to take over and fix the many issues in Manchester United at the end of the season, Nevin believes that he has a massive task on his hands.

"Somebody said to me, what does he have to do?" Nevin said. "Where do you start? Actually, where do you start? Because a good number of big name players are going to have to go.

"Where are you going to get these other players from? You are Manchester United, you are going to have to pay above the going rate."

Football on Off The Ball brought to you by Sky. All the football you love in one place across Sky Sports, BT Sport & Premier Sports.

Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered!

Subscribe to OTB Sports's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Anthony Gordon Burnley Champions League Championship Chelsea Cristiano Ronaldo DIOGO JOTA Everton Football Football With Sky Frank Lampard Full Match Ireland Jamie Carragher Jurgen Klopp Lampard Luis Diaz Manchester City Manchester United Match Mohamed Salah Newstalk Off The Ball Otb Otb Sports Pat Nevin Paul Pogba Podcast Premier League Ralf Rangnick Richarlison Rugby Union Sadio Mane Sky Ireland Soccer The Football Show Top 4

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

Up next

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Wednesday Night Rugby

LIVE: Wednesday Night Rugby

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:30 PM-08:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Wednesday Night Rugby

LIVE: Wednesday Night Rugby

08:00 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on