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Manchester United manager rips into underperforming stars

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is a man of positivity, called out a few players to pull up their socks and deliver as Manchester United look to finish the season on a high.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes some of his players need a “reality check” if they desire to finish in the Champions League spots. Solskjaer broke several records after he took over from Jose Mourinho as a caretaker manager. But since being confirmed as the permanent manager, the Red Devils have gone through a string of bad results. Solskjaer urged some of his players need to step up and finish the season off.

“Some need a reality check”

Solskjaer was asked if he has learned more about his squad’s character after recent defeats. “I’m not sure about that,” the 46-year-old said. “I’ve learnt a lot about them over the months here and most of them have really impressed in their attitude, but some need to get a reality check of where they are. Most of these players know they can improve if they keep working as they do.”

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Anthony Martial’s form has dropped off in the recent weeks and Solskjaer demands more from the Frenchman.
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But Solskjaer was pushed to name the players who he felt needed to step their game up. One journalist even asked if Anthony Martial is part of that group. “I’ve spoken to individuals and Anthony is one I’ve spoken to,” he said. “Anthony’s got massive talent and a new contract, so he knows we believe in him. Just keep working.”

“I think anyone that plays for Manchester United has to deliver to stay in the squad and stay in the team. Anthony is no different to Rashy [Marcus Rashford] or Rom [Romelu Lukaku] or Alexis [Sanchez] or the many forwards we have to choose from and that’s the great thing about it. Now it’s down to the players and the ownership they take.”

Ole on his permanent appointment

The drop in form for United coincided with the permanent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the manager. But, as expected, the Norwegian has refused to believe it might be the reason.“That’s football – margins,” he continued. “We’ve lost two league games, Watford and Arsenal, those games we shouldn’t have talked about losing. We won games we maybe didn’t deserve and that evens things out.”

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Solskjaer has a lot to say about his players during the press conference ahead of thier clash against Everton on Sunday.
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“The players know what’s going to happen, they know what I expect as a club and what we want. That’s football. When we came in on December 19 and where we’re at now… I think anyone would have taken that. We’ve got five games to see if we can finish it off.”

Author’s Take

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to be ruthless if he aspired to bring back the glory days at Old Trafford. The club needs a rebuild both on and off the pitch. The Norwegian’s press conferences have been indicative of the right intent but it remains to be seen if they materialise in the coming seasons.

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