Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed what he expects from members of his squad — in an interview with Manchester United fanzine United We Stand.
Editor of the fanzine and respected journalist, Andy Mitten, puts an incredible amount of work into this publication and we urge you all to buy the latest edition, released today.
The interview has been picked up by The Sun which has its pros and cons. This should grant the fanzine a degree of publicity and urge people who aren’t familiar with fanzines to support them. However, the negative side of this is people may argue ‘what’s the point?’ because the quotes have been nicked by major publications. The fanzine gets a mere hat tip while the major outlets benefit financially from clicks.
Since they’ve shared a juicy section of the interview, we will too — but after doing so I’ll be purchasing a copy/subscription, and you should do the same. After all, this is a matter of supporting our own. Mitten has always been good to us with his time and generosity.
New United We Stand is out tomorrow. Big Ole Gunnar Solskjaer interview. Subscription copies and single issue orders all posted. We’ll do another mail out this week if you want to order. Details on my pinned tweet. Will link to stockists too. pic.twitter.com/vbrM2w8JQd
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) May 20, 2020
Solskjaer made it clear in his interview with UWS that he is big on personalities and players fitting into the squad dynamic. That was obvious when he allowed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to leave Old Trafford last summer, in the early days of his United managerial career.
“I’d rather have a hole in the squad than an a**ehole,” he said. “Personality is so important. We’re a team in a team environment.
“You want players to have a bit of ego and edge but they have to be able to adapt.
“[…] There were other things I didn’t like last year, some personal agendas which couldn’t be sorted out until the summer.”
It is clear Solskjaer has learned a lot from Sir Alex Ferguson and, no matter who is in question, he has promised that they will be out on their ear if they’re not the right fit.
A welcome message as far as I’m concerned. That’s what I want to hear from a United manager and it may send shockwaves to a few others in the dressing room, who I think many will agree are too big for their boots!