Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Man United to ‘fight’ in a war cry of life and death after Liverpool defeat
EXCLUSIVE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the Man United stars to ‘fight’ in a war cry of life and death following his humiliation in Liverpool, urging them to stand together, with him as their boss, in a call to arms in costumes.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s role as Manchester United manager looks uncertain
- But he has told his players that they need to fight together this week.
- United were mercilessly crushed 5-0 by Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned his players to brace for a week of intense external pressure as he gave a heartfelt battle cry to his disgraced Manchester United players following the embarrassing loss to Liverpool.
In the wake of the 5-0 humiliation of his deadly rivals, sources say United manager Solskjaer, facing mounting doubts within his team about his suitability as head coach, was as stunned as anyone in the confines of the game. Team Old Trafford. locker room after the full-time whistle.
But Solskjaer, it is understood, asked his players to “fight” to recover from one of the darkest days the club has endured in its illustrious history.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under intense pressure after Liverpool beat Manchester United 5-0
There is growing concern within the United team that Solskjaer is not up to the task.
Insiders have revealed that Solskjaer warned his players to prepare for the days of major criticism after the capitulation, but said the only way they would do so is by sticking together and responding.
“It was made clear to the players that everyone, including the coach, would be mistreated this week,” the source said.
“But the message was that the team fights each other or fights together.”
It remains to be seen if the Norwegian’s passionate plea is enough to elicit a response from his players.
United travel to Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham on Saturday, where defeat would put great pressure on either manager, the night before a trip to Atalanta on November 2. Solskjaer’s team will face champion Manchester City in the derby on 6 November.
Three positive results will ease pressure and scrutiny on Solskjaer’s position, but the United manager will have to guide the club through its latest crisis amid significant doubts about his coaching attributes within his team.
Solskjaer is believed to have told his United team that they fight each other or fight together.
Several United players feel they were unprepared for an urgent game against Liverpool
There is a concern among senior members of the team that Solskjaer is not up to the mark of tactics, certainly compared to other top managers in the Premier League coaches.
Having asked his players to implement a pressure style against Jurgen Klopp’s team at the weekend, several players believed that the team was not prepared to play that way because they had not particularly focused on tactics in training. in the days leading up to the game. play.
Assistant coach Kieran McKenna has played a more influential role in training this season, but it seems clear that the players, at least in terms of trying to play with a compelling style, are not responding.
Indeed, there is growing acceptance from various players that the club’s fortunes on the field are unlikely to improve, which ultimately means winning trophies, as long as Solskjaer remains in command.
United return to Premier League action in Saturday’s final game against Tottenham
United were 4-0 down at halftime against Liverpool on Sunday, and sources claim that Solskjaer’s message before the second half was for his players to keep a clean sheet in the second half. Salah completed his hat-trick within five minutes of the restart.
There is said to be no animosity towards Solskjaer, not something that can be said about some of the head coach’s predecessors in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
But it is claimed that there is a growing sense that the club will not revisit its former glories while the Norwegian is in charge.