Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has revealed what the mood is like in the dressing room at Old Trafford and backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to overcome the club’s poor run of form.
United were humiliated on Sunday at the hands of rivals Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s side ran out 5-0 winners. The defeat added to a long run of poor form for Solskjaer’s side, a run which has seen the Norwegian come under intense pressure.
Rumours circulated that the United boss was set to be relieved of his duties in the wake of Sunday’s loss but Solskjaer seems to have kept the support of the board for now.
Now, club captain Maguire has spoken out about how the defeat has affected the atmosphere at the club.
Speaking to Norway’s TV2 (via Sport Witness), the defender revealed: “In the two-and-a-half years I’ve been here, I’ve noticed that when we lose a football game there’s a lot of talk. Most of it isn’t true.
“The mood is that we are disappointed and hurt. We are footballers who play at the highest level. We know what the requirements are in this club. We have a lot of experience, many leaders and many people who say what they mean.
“You see small pieces here and there, but you try to avoid reading things. When you have had an ugly defeat against your rival, Liverpool, I do not think the main focus is to read reports where you see these rumours.
“I know from my experience in this club that when you lose matches, there are always rumours about what happens in the dressing room, but most of it is not true. We have a strong and unified dressing room. We stand together on this and move forward together.”
With Solskjaer under pressure, Maguire was also quick to offer his support for his manager.
“Yes of course. Ole has played for this club for many years and he has been the manager for three years. He knows what to expect and I’m sure he can handle the ups and downs. He knows what’s going on in this club.
“That [defeat against Liverpool] was of course disappointing for him, but it was disappointing for everyone involved in this club. Everyone looks at themselves and where they can improve, that also applies to me.
“The most important thing is to improve individually and come together as a team. We are strong boys with a good team spirit, and we stand together. We disappointed ourselves on Sunday and we know that, so we have to improve.”
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