A couple of days has passed since Manchester United were outclassed at Old Trafford once again, extending their winless run at the Theatre of Dreams to four games – their longest run without a win at home this year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were far inferior to their rivals in last Saturday’s meeting, with two first-half goals from the visitors enough daylight for Manchester City to comfortably see the game out after the interval.
Following the loss, with Manchester United embroiled in a crisis, Solskjaer has reportedly granted the players not on international duty a short break, a decision which has left the club’s first-team star surprised.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who add that the decision by Solskjaer, who has flown back to Norway, was unexpected considering the crisis at the club.
Injured players such as Raphael Varane and Marcus Rashford are said to still be undergoing rehabilitation programs at the training ground but the squad has not been at the Carrington complex since the 2-0 loss to Manchester City.
SN’s verdict on Solskjaer’s decision…
At a time where it feels like greater focus should be placed on improving his side, granting the players a break in such a delicate situation could very well prove to be detrimental to Solskjaer’s wishes to improve his team.
It’s a long season and breaks are needed but considering his team are being outrun, outfought, and tactically found out in each game, addressing that in training over the two-week break sounds like something the Norwegian would be eager to do.
Instead, players will spend a large portion of that time off away from the training ground.