Erik ten Hag played a major role in Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United downfall and was unwilling to work with the German as result of his several public outbursts.
Rangnick was slated to fill a consultancy role after fulfilling his duties as the club’s interim manager having stepped into the breach after the sacking of Solskjaer in December.
The former Schalke manager, however, presided over a poor run of form which saw United miss out on Champions League qualification and finish a turbulent campaign with their lowest ever Premier League points tally.
Rangick attempted to wash his hands of any responsibility by laying the blame for a number of wretched defeats at a disjointed and fractured team, as well as his predecessors for squandering huge sums of money on underwhelming players.
The 63-year-old was also frustrated after United’s board failed to sanction any transfers in the market and was annoyed after watching Vlahovic, Luis Diaz and Julian Alvarez join rival clubs.
Despite such scathing public criticism, Rangick was hopeful of moving into an advisory role and working alongside Ten Hag at Old Trafford.
According to ESPN, however, the former Ajax manager had no intention of collaborating with his predecessor and refused to even grant him the chance to engage in a formal handover.
Ten Hag was reported to be irked by Rangnick’s suggestion that the squad was in need of a near total overhaul with as many as 10 new signings required to revive their ailing fortunes.
United have struggled to sign new players during the early part of the summer window with deals for players like Christian Eriksen, Frenkie de Jong and Antony stalling.
Some players are set to return to Carrington next week ahead of pre-season training and Ten Hag will be hoping for some rapid progress in the transfer market before the Red Devils embark on their tour of the Far East and Australasia.