Manchester United sports psychologist Sascha Lense has his work cut out

One of Ralf Rangnick’s first moves as Manchester United interim manager was to hire a sports psychologist.

Rangnick hired Sascha Lense, who he previously worked with at RB Leipzig, viewing the role as an important one to support his players.

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A big challenge for Lense

The early signs suggest Lense has his work cut out with Manchester United’s players, both on and off the pitch.

Rangnick has already criticised body language he was not impressed with in the win over Norwich, and there has been heavy criticism of the players after the Newcastle draw.

Gary Neville branded the players ‘whingers’ for their poor attitude, via Sky Sports, while others seem inhibited by Cristiano Ronaldo’s domineering approach.

Behind the scenes, there could be more trouble. A report from The Mail claims United’s players are ‘struggling to adjust’ to the later training sessions Rangnick has introduced.

The report states, wait for it, United’s molly coddled players don’t like having to drive home in the dark.


The report highlight how spoiled and out of touch Manchester United’s players are, and modern footballers in general.

Lense has a huge job to do to help improve the mentality of this overpaid, spoiled and under-performing group of players.

Rangnick may have to hire a full group of sports psychologists at this rate, as it may be simply too much for one man to tackle alone.

The team is talented, but have been found lacking all season, not helped by weak leadership on the pitch courtesy of uninspiring club captain Harry Maguire.

While Rangnick is unbeaten through his first four games in charge in all competitions, United are yet to really click, scoring just four goals in that time.

All is not well, and there needs to be improvement. A new improved attitude from players on and off the pitch will go a long way to bringing better results.

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