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Solskjaer warns Manchester United fringe players about their role

Manchester United have a lot of fringe players they would like to move on.

Most big clubs struggle to sell for good money because their players are on the best wages and the players they are selling don’t tend to be world beaters.

I don’t want to single one player out, but you know of at least one I am talking about when I say they’re getting a salary they wouldn’t get elsewhere.

There’s a few players who were given new and improved contracts in recent years, leaving fans including myself baffled.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked during this morning’s press conference about keeping players happy. The question was probably aimed at Sergio Romero, who has fallen down the pecking order after being a great second choice goalkeeper at the club.

The Argentine’s future is up in the air and I would be very surprised if a Premier League club didn’t take a punt on him.

“You know, players are happy when they win well and win games, I am too,” Solskjaer said via Manchester Evening News. “It’s not my job to keep them happy, it’s to pick players to get results, and up to them to be fit and be ready when called upon.”

Solskjaer hits the nail on the head — it’s exactly what you want from a manager at this level, focused on results rather than making friends. It’s almost like a lite version of Jose Mourinho, who would come out publicly and specifically bash players from time to time.

Jesse Lingard is another player who should look for a move in search of regular football. If he doesn’t, as a fringe player Solskjaer’s comments apply to him too.

Given United’s squad depth, perhaps the term ‘fringe player’ doesn’t really apply because you just know we’ll get injures and someone will make 30 appearances who should be nowhere near the first team.

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2 responses to “Solskjaer warns Manchester United fringe players about their role”

  1. Bradley Blankenberg says:

    Hi people. I don’t think Ole knows what his talking about. He mentions about picking players to get results. Who is he fooling. He picks players to get what kind of results. He doesn’t even know who his strongest eleven is. He buys players that’s not making any difference to the team. Maguire did no difference to the team, Smalling is a much better player than Maguire. He buys and without him knowing he disencourage the other players, his not suited for the job. He doesn’t know the history or style of united play.

  2. Bradley Blankenberg says:

    Best defense to me wold be smalling, bailly, Rojo and Wan bisaka