Manchester United: Rangnick using Greenwood and Sancho as 'scapegoats', says Darren Bent

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Ralf Rangnick urged to stop using Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho as ‘SCAPEGOATS’ at Manchester United by Darren Bent, who insists the interim boss needs to make ‘big decisions’ like hooking off Cristiano Ronaldo instead

  • Ralf Rangnick suffered his first loss as Man United interim manager on Monday
  • The German’s side were outclassed by a dominant Wolves at Old Trafford 
  • Darren Bent believes Rangnick needs to take more risks in the United hot-seat 
  • Bent feels Cristiano Ronaldo should sometimes be taken off to benefit the team


Ralf Rangnick must be prepared to take Cristiano Ronaldo out of his Manchester United side and stop using Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho as scapegoats, says former Premier League striker Darren Bent. 

United slumped to their first defeat under interim boss Rangnick on Monday night, with Wolves running out 1-0 winners at Old Trafford thanks to Joao Moutinho’s late strike. 

Wolves were fully deserving of the victory and could even have won more comfortably on another day, which will come as a major concern to Rangnick.

Darren Bent believes Ralf Rangnick must be prepared to make 'big decisions' at Man United

Darren Bent believes Ralf Rangnick must be prepared to make ‘big decisions’ at Man United

Bent has urged the new Red Devils manager to make ‘big decisions’ in the hot-seat, such as hooking off Ronaldo and installing faith in youngsters Greenwood and Sancho – who were both replaced in Monday’s defeat.

‘They need to find some consistency and I thought Rangnick was the man to do that. He is going to have to make some big decisions,’ the ex-Tottenham and Aston Villa striker said on talkSPORT.

‘He did leave Bruno (Fernandes) out and he made a real difference when he came on.

‘That might be he has to take Ronaldo out at times, put him back in, and even (Edinson) Cavani. You can’t just keep being predictable.

Jadon Sancho in action for Manchester United

Mason Greenwood applauds Manchester United fans

Bent feels Rangnick has been using Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood as ‘scapegoats’

The German needs to be prepared to take Cristiano Ronaldo out of the side, says Bent

The German needs to be prepared to take Cristiano Ronaldo out of the side, says Bent

‘He can’t keep going ‘who can I use as a scapegoat, Greenwood and Sancho, I’ll take them off’.

‘You can’t keep doing that. You have to stick with them and make some big decisions.’

United defender Luke Shaw admitted Rangnick’s men were lacking ‘motivation’ in their clash with Wolves, urging his team-mates to be ‘100 per cent committed’ in the future.

Bent added: ‘When you play for that football club and that arena, surely if that doesn’t get you up for football then I don’t know what will. That’s one of the most iconic stadiums in football and playing for arguably the biggest club in the world.

‘The motivation line he gave there is not a good look. That doesn’t fall on Ralf Rangnick, that falls on the players. They are the ones who have to get motivated.

‘I look at some of the players’ body language and you’ve got some of the players looking at other players thinking ‘it doesn’t matter how he plays, he’s always going to play. It doesn’t matter how I play, I’m going to be sacrificed’.

‘Ronaldo has been made captain and it doesn’t matter how he plays, he’s always going to play.

‘The likes of Greenwood, who is giving absolutely everything, and Jadon Sancho, who is trying to rediscover his form, just not getting a fair crack at it.’

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