Two senior Manchester United players were pulled apart during a fight that brought a training session to a premature end on Thursday, according to a report.
Players who are said to have been used to bust-ups were stunned by the incident in the first United training session since their humiliating 4-0 Premier League mauling at Brighton, The Sun has claimed.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick reportedly saw the scrap and then granted more time off to United’s players, who are said to have had four days to recover from the dismal defeat at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
A Man United training session is said to have ended early because of a fight between players
The session is said to have been United’s first after a 4-0 loss at Brighton in the Premier League
Tempers ‘boiled over’ as a result of a dismal season, training and a disconnection between the players and Rangnick, the report said.
Tactician Rangnick was appointed United boss following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November but has been unable to rescue his side’s season.
United have lost three of their last five games by an aggregate score of 11-1, shipping three goals at Arsenal and four at Liverpool before their hammering at Brighton.
The former Champions League winners could be in the Europa Conference League next season if seventh-placed West Ham overhaul them in their final two games of the campaign.
United could be part of the Europa Conference League at Old Trafford in the 2021-22 campaign
The Hammers are three points behind United ahead of their hosting of leaders Manchester City and trip to Brighton, while the only remaining match of United’s season is at Crystal Palace on May 22.
Incoming permanent manager Erik ten Hag will have a plethora of issues to deal with when he arrives at Old Trafford in July.
Rangnick questioned what he had seen at training sessions in April and said the club needed ‘open-heart surgery’.
Club legend Paul Scholes also claimed that attacker Jesse Lingard had told him the United dressing room was a ‘disaster’.
Ten Hag secured the Dutch title in emphatic fashion on Wednesday as Ajax hammered Heerenveen 5-0 at home to build an unassailable lead over PSV Eindhoven at the top of the Eredivisie table.