Man Utd players ‘surprised’ by Solskjaer decision amid ‘crisis’

Man Utd players were left shocked that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to give them time off after their 2-0 loss to Man City on Saturday.

An early own-goal from Eric Bailly and a near-post strike from Bernardo Silva secured all three points for a dominant City at Old Trafford.

A fortnight on from the 5-0 home humiliation by arch-rivals Liverpool, their near neighbours came to Old Trafford and inflicted another home loss on Solskjaer’s side.

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The Norwegian is under fresh scrutiny and pressure after City won in a far more comfortable manner than the 2-0 scoreline suggests, with Man Utd struggling in and out of possession.

Man Utd are now sixth in the Premier League and nine points off leaders Chelsea following a run of four defeats in six league matches.

And the Daily Mail claims the Man Utd ‘players and staff were surprised to be given a week off after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flew back to Norway with his family on Monday’.

Solskjaer decided they all deserved a rest ‘rather than having them in for training at Carrington’ with the decision ‘unexpected considering the crisis at Old Trafford’.

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand has changed his stance on the managerial situation at the club with the former Man Utd defender now suggesting that Solskjaer should move aside for a new coach.

“We started this season with such hope, but also the transfer window we had, the excitement, we were all sitting there going, ‘You know what? This is our time now!’

“I have to be honest, Ole was brought in to get us to that point. Under the previous management eras that we had, he was brought in to fix that and bring us to a place where you get the squad intact, you get the players to a point where we can challenge for the league.

“I sit here now and I don’t think we can challenge to win this league. I look at our team every week and I’m wondering what we’re going to do tactically, I don’t see any philosophy or identity in the United way of playing, whatever that should be from the management and I sit here confused looking at the team.

“When you look at it like that with the transfer window we had… we were all sitting here excited thinking, ‘Wow! This is where we’re meant to be!’

“But Ole was brought in with the remit to get us back to a point, a moment where you think he’s brought some foundation back. At the end of the season we were thinking: “Yes, that’s it!”

“I was always deep down a bit sceptical. Could he take us on to be champions? I wasn’t fully convinced, I hoped he would be able to do that. But what I’ve seen this season I just feel it might be the time now for the baton to be handed over to somebody else who can take us on now.

“I think Ole can leave with his head held high because from where he came in to where he left us at the beginning of this season it’s positive.”


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