Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained that he had to ‘tear the house down’ in order to rebuild a squad capable of challenging for major honours, which meant getting rid of players who weren’t fit for purpose.
Manchester United are still short of the quality they need to challenge for the Premier League title and it looks like we could miss out on a top-four finish again. Despite the January arrival of Bruno Fernandes, they have to target key positions in the summer transfer market and sign top-class players.
However, shifting deadwood from the squad is equally difficult and important.
Results have been poor, or inconsistent at best, yet Solskjaer is hoping that fans understand what is going on.
“I think the fans see what we’re trying to top and it had to be done. As I’ve said, it’s a rebuild. You had to tear the house down and you had to get players out that weren’t here in their minds,” Solskjaer said, as per Daily Mail.
Marcos Rojo is the latest player to leave United, sealing a January loan move to Estudiantes, following the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and others out of the door since Solskjaer was made permanent boss last March.
Solskjaer’s aim now is for the rest of the squad to grow into a successful side. He went on to explain:
“We’ve got players here now who will go that extra yard, that culture I want to set. That’s the United culture. I know we’re not in the Sir Alex Ferguson era, but the players we have, they have the right mentality and they’re good personalities.”
He says the mentality is the ‘first tick’ to being a United player.
“When I came in, the squad weren’t right. Of course, we are a different squad to the championship-winning one that Sir Alex had.
“This group of players haven’t had that experience of winning. But that will come in the next few years, definitely. That’s what we’re working for and that’s why those players are here.”