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Man United players requested Sunday off after Fulham loss

Several Manchester United players reportedly asked for a day off on Sunday after the abysmal 2-1 loss to Fulham at Old Trafford, according to the Guardian.

The request has surprised many people within the club. Manager Erik ten Hag usually schedules post-match warm-downs and video analysis for the squad.

This surprise request came after a lacklustre performance that extended United’s inconsistent run.

United’s coaching staff rejected their demands and reminded them of their professional commitments even without Ten Hag present.

This news comes after a similar incident occurred in November as some players felt Ten Hag’s demanding pre-season training was causing the team to struggle.

Some players believe they entered the season feeling fatigued, echoing the concerns raised after Saturday’s loss.

The Fulham defeat ended United’s best run of the season – a five-game winning streak.

Ratcliffe must address dodgy dressing room culture

Ten Hag is under increased scrutiny, particularly following Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s recent acquisition of a 27.7% stake in the club, with the team sitting in sixth position on the league log.

Ratcliffe has reiterated that he expects best-in-class operations from all sections of the club, and sitting eight points behind the Champions League qualification spots will not go down well with him.

This petulance from the squad is a slap in the face to the fans and mirrors everything wrong with United’s current culture and what Ratcliffe is trying to change.

Instead of self-reflection and proactive improvement, they prioritised leisure over accountability.

This lacklustre attitude is a blatant disregard for the badge and the passionate supporters who deserved better than to see their team struggle against the Cottagers.

Ratcliffe needs to act swiftly and decisively – weed out these mercenaries who prioritise comfort over competition. They must build a team with the hunger and dedication worthy of wearing the United shirt.