EXCLUSIVE: REVEALED: Manchester United players and staff are shocked that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave them a week off in the wake of the derby loss after the boss under fire flew back to Norway
Manchester United players and staff were surprised to have a week off after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flew back to Norway with his family on Monday.
With a large chunk of United’s team on international duty, the manager under pressure decided to give the rest of the players and their backroom team a break rather than have them train at Carrington.
The move was said to be unexpected considering the crisis at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returned to Norway with his family on Monday afternoon as pressure continues to mount on the much-maligned Manchester United manager.
Solskjaer’s decision to give everyone a week off has left United players and staff baffled
Manchester United have lost 5-0 at home to Liverpool and 2-0 to Man City in recent weeks
It was another afternoon to forget for United at Old Trafford, which is no longer a fortress.
Raphael Varane arrived at United headquarters on Monday for treatment for his hamstring injury and Marcus Rashford is due to train after retiring from the England team, but Solskjaer and his players have not been seen since Saturday’s defeat by 2-0 against Manchester City.
The Norwegian was photographed at Manchester airport with his wife Silje and their children Noah and Elijah before traveling on a private jet to his hometown of Kristiansund.
Solskjaer has faced criticism for losing six of the last 12 games and for the form of the humiliating home losses of City and Liverpool.
United had planned to keep Solskjaer until the end of the season, but major defeats by Liverpool and Man City have prompted a possible rethink
Against the City in the derby Solskjaer was widely surpassed by Pep Guardiola
But club sources indicated again Monday night that the 48-year-old’s job is not under immediate threat and he is expected to remain in charge of the Watford visit for a week on Saturday.
Rashford formally retired from international duty because he has yet to complete the 90 minutes since he returned from shoulder surgery last month and then contracted a flu virus last week.
United are also waiting for a medical update on Paul Pogba after he limped out of a training session with France last night due to a thigh injury.
Raphael Varane arrived at United headquarters on Monday to receive treatment for his hamstring injury.
MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYERS ARE NOT INTERNATIONAL DUTIES
Goalkeepers: Lee Grant, Tom Heaton and Dean Henderson
Defenders: Raphael Varane, Phil Jones, Alex Telles, Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Midfielders: Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Amad Diallo, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek
Forward: Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho