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According to The Sun, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tore into his Manchester United players following their 1-1 draw with Southampton last weekend.
The Red Devils began their campaign on fire after thrashing rivals Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford. However, Solskjaer’s side have failed to pick up a win in their past three league games, drawing to both Wolves and Southampton, and losing to Crystal Palace.
Now, The Sun claim that following the end of the clash against the Saints, Solskjaer told the players their performance was a “joke” and that it was “embarrassing how they were failing to finish teams off”.
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The report further adds the Norwegian accused the squad of playing for themselves, and has been left frustrated that their work on the training ground isn’t being implemented as he wants.
If Solskjaer did indeed lay into his players following their disappointing draw against Southampton, then he surely has to be applauded. The Red Devils have had serious questions asked of them about their poor attitude and lack of work ethic.
Until now, the big conception of Solskjaer has been of someone who likes to toe the party line, and is a little reluctant to engage in serious confrontation. But taking a stand in the dressing room after the Saints clash shows someone who is willing to get his hands dirty.
The Red Devils desperately need Solskjaer to take charge of the situation before it really threatens to spiral out of control. By questioning their commitment to the cause in the game before the international break, the players will now be forced to look in the mirror over the course of the two weeks to see if they really are pulling their own weight. It may have been a dramatic action, but the United boss was absolutely right to do so.