Manchester United are paying the price for “constant disruptions”, says Rene Meulensteen, with Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba needing to “close ranks” rather than air their grievances in public.
The Red Devils have made as many headlines off the field this season as they have on it, with supposed rifts within the camp contributing to an inconsistent opening to 2018-19.
Talk of a feud between Mourinho and Pogba refuses to go away, with the latest instalment of that unfortunate episode seeing the pair involved in a training ground argument.
At a time when United should be focusing all of their efforts on the pursuit of positive results across multiple competitions, unwelcome distractions are doing their cause few favours.
Meulensteen says it is imperative that these issues are ironed out quickly, with those at Old Trafford needing to get their house in order if they are to avoid seeing “difficult times” destroy their season.
The former Red Devils assistant manager, who saw how business should be conducted during a spell alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, told talkSPORT: “There are too many things coming out, whether from Mourinho or the players, and that causes constant disruptions inside and outside the club.
“Obviously there is a problem because there are certain things as a manager between your players you want to keep between the walls of the dressing room.
“That is part of the strength of the squad and that’s what you need when you are getting into difficult times, like Man United are in at the moment.
“That’s when you need to pull together and close the ranks, rather than throw something out that again opens up the speculation and causes a lot of disruption.”
United’s last two outings have seen their manager and several leading players fall back under microscope.
A 1-1 Premier League draw with Wolves was followed by a penalty shoot-out defeat to Championship side Derby in the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday.
Those results mean that an opening weekend victory over Leicester remains the Red Devils’ only success on home soil this season, with their next fixture set to take them back out on the road as they prepare to travel to West Ham on Saturday.