REVEALED: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held CRISIS talks with senior Man United players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire, ahead of the Watford clash to decide how to save the season … and save his job.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held crisis talks with senior Man United stars on Thursday
- Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Captain Harry Maguire were consulted
- Solskjaer wanted to discuss how United can reverse their faltering season
- The 48-year-old has retained support, but his work is still hanging by a thread
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held crisis talks with his senior players on Thursday as he tried to save Manchester United’s season and save his job.
Solskjaer spoke with captain Harry Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic at a meeting at 10 am in Carrington.
The 48-year-old wanted to discuss how United can change the season and tactical plan after switching to three in the last three games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held crisis talks with senior players on Thursday in a bid to save his job.
Solskjaer is desperate to get his team back on track at Watford on Saturday after a six-game losing streak, including humiliations at the hands of Liverpool and Manchester City.
The Old Trafford hierarchy has resisted calls to sack Solskjaer, who spent part of the international break at home in Norway. However, he is on ice entering a key period that will decide United’s European fate and includes league games against Chelsea and Arsenal.
Another loss at Vicarage Road on Saturday or in Tuesday’s Champions League group playoff at Villarreal would put more pressure on the boss under fire.
Among the players consulted were Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Bruno Fernandes (right)
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has been linked to United’s job in recent weeks, but the Northern Irishman says the speculation risks affecting his own players, who are looking to revitalize their season.
Rodgers, whose team host Chelsea this weekend, said: ‘It doesn’t frustrate me personally, because my focus is the next game, which is Chelsea.
But it is frustrating for the fans and, I would say, for my players.
‘If someone were to read what’s been out there, then that can destabilize. I am the Leicester City manager, proud to be here and totally committed. All the rest of the noise around us is something we cannot control.
Rodgers maintains that he and Leicester owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha have an ideal working relationship. ‘I have great respect for Khun Top and the protection of his father’s legacy. I feel like I’m in the right place, with the right people. ‘
Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard wants to leave United in January after abandoning contract negotiations.
Brendan Rodgers says speculation linking him to Manchester United job ‘is not real’
Jesse Lingard wants to leave Manchester United and seeks a loan first in January
Lingard rejected United’s offer in October, which is understood to have been worth less than his current deal at Old Trafford, and the 28-year-old has no plans to reopen negotiations.
Lingard, who has started just one game for the club this season, would prefer to come out on loan again in January, having enjoyed a successful stint at West Ham in the second half of last season, then ending a 22-year partnership. with United when his contract ends at the end of June.
He will be able to leave as a free agent in the summer and will be able to engage in talks with foreign clubs from January 1, having sparked a lot of interest from Barcelona and AC Milan.
A representative from the Lingard camp is believed to have traveled to Spain to speak with the clubs last week.
Lingard has only a few months left on his current deal and has turned down talks about signing a new one.