A core section of Manchester United players are reportedly concerned that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still doesn’t know who his best 11 are with an unnamed player claiming that training sessions under the Norwegian are ‘basic’ and ‘lack creativity’.
Solskjaer has seen his United position come under intense criticism in recent weeks after an abysmal start to the new 2020-21 campaign has seen his young Reds lose two of their opening three league fixtures.
Arguably the most concerning defeat of the two was the 6-1 thumping against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs in a game which saw United equal their worst ever home defeat (6-1 vs Man City, 2011).
However, speculation surrounding the Norwegian’s long-term United future has been amplified after recent reports emerged claiming that there is behind-the-scenes friction brewing.
According to The Mirror an unnamed matchday official who was in attendance for the Spurs game witnessed midfielder Bruno Fernandes storm down the tunnel at half-time and was then overheard ranting at team-mates as well at Solskjaer.
The Mirror’s report was echoed by The Athletic who claimed that Fernandes was then left upset after Solskjaer opted to haul him off after just one-minute into the second-half.
However, in an attempt to squash these recent reports, both Solskjaer and Fernandes have come out publicly to reassure fans there is no issue, with both individuals seemingly committed to remaining united.
“First it was a discussion with team-mates, as it did not stick, it was a discussion with only one team-mate [Victor Lindelof], as it did not stick now, it is the discussion with Solskjaer.
“I believe it is a way to destabilise the group. What was said is in no way true.
“I was replaced at half-time, it is true, by technical option. The coach told me that the game was almost over and that we would have a lot of games ahead of us. Got it. I was not satisfied but said nothing that could harm the group.”
“Bruno has lost two league games and came in February, it’s been two in quick succession, he’s not used to losing league games but welcome to Manchester United this is what happens, gonna try and create a division between us but it’s not gonna happen, this is a group that wants to work together and stick together.”
However, perhaps the most concerning report comes from the Independent‘s highly-rated reporter Miguel Delaney who claims that there is discontent among a core section of the United squad who believe Solskjaer still doesn’t know his best team.
Delaney also claims that an unnamed United player has described the team’s training sessions as ‘basic’ and ‘lacking in creativity’ and has admitted that Solskjaer feels ‘insecure’ at the moment.
The shocking claims come at a time when Solskjaer is preparing his Reds for a month of extremely tough fixtures including Paris-Saint Germain (away) in the Champions League, Chelsea (home) in the Premier League and RB Leipzig (home) also in the Champions League.