The 36-year-old Manchester United star is said to have given a clear warning to his teammates in recent days.
In the wake of Manchester United’s humiliating 0-5 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League, there have been several reports claiming that the club’s squad of players have lost faith in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his tactical actions.
More recently, on Wednesday, the main newspaper The Times reported that there had been heated discussions among the players regarding the 48-year-old even before meeting Liverpool.
Now the local Manchester Evening News reports that Cristiano Ronaldo has taken responsibility for calming the mood in the locker room. The 36-year-old is said to have asked the other players to remain calm, until the situation around Solskjaer is finally cleared.
The coach is expected to lead the team in the upcoming matches against Tottenham in the Premier League and Atalanta in the Champions League and Ronaldo will ask his teammates to focus on performance rather than complaining to his boss.
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Manchester Evening News He claims that the star now maintains a “locker room together” and that he has brought in a call to support the pressured team manager.
The Portuguese is said to have said the players should stand together behind Solskjær, regardless of whether they disagree or are unhappy with the tactical choices the Norwegian makes.
However, many players will be annoyed by the many choices the 48-year-old has made from Kristiansund this season, the local paper writes.
Already when Solskjaer chose to start with Daniel James in the league match against Wolves, there must have been a backlash. Two days later, James was sold to Leeds.
It is also said that the players were shocked that the United boss picked the same players from the start in the matches against both Atalanta and Liverpool. In particular, it must have been suspected that the Norwegian overlooked Jesse Lingard in the starting lineup.
The local newspaper reported that the removal of Lingard is considered a “mystery” within the group of players. Donny van de Beek is also said to have impressed in training lately, but the Dutch midfielder has only played five minutes in the Premier League this season.
United’s management is said to have held meetings over Solskjaer’s future after Liverpool’s loss, but he is said to still have broad support within the club’s board of directors.
Manager Ed Woodward stated in late September that he was “never convinced the club would succeed” under Solskjaer. Another director, Richard Arnold, is also said to have voiced his support for Solskjær earlier.
With only three wins in his last nine games, there is still no doubt the pressure is constantly building against Solskjær and he may need good results in the upcoming matches to turn the headwinds he and the team experience during the day.
This weekend, the team awaits an away game in the English Premier League against Tottenham, before the team travels to Italy to meet Atalanta in the Champions League. So, arch-rival Manchester City is the opponent in the league.
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