Dressing room leaks behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s downfall at Manchester United – Anil Kandola


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is struggling as Manchester United manager.

His lack of tactical prowess, his one-dimensional style of play, his failure to win a trophy during his three years are just a few criticisms towards the Norwegian.

One aspect, however, which is a more subtle but equally damning way to highlight how far away Solskjaer is from being the right man at United is the attitude of the players who don’t start regularly.

Before getting into the friction between players and the manager at Old Trafford, if you assess United ’s rivals and the dynamics at their respective clubs, it will reveal all.

Jurgen Klopp has his preferred starting eleven in which he will play as much as possible. His options off the bench, despite them knowing their game time is limited at the club, are still in total belief within the manager’s capabilities and give their all when called upon.

You have more chance at United winning the league this season than Pep Guardiola selecting the same starting line-up three games in a row. Guardiola makes the most out of his star-studded squad by frequently rotating his options. A team, barring perhaps one or two, in which nobody’s place is guaranteed and yet every single player plays out of their skin when they get the opportunity.

Thomas Tuchel’s rigid style of play requires a very specific performance from all of his players and as we’ve seen during his short time at Chelsea, he’s not afraid to make a substitution or rotate a player out of the starting line-up if there not performing up to standard. But not a single player questions his decision and still have the motivation to make the most out of any game time they receive.

Notice a common theme? Irrespective of the manager’s style or tactics, the fringe players at a successful club are always ready and have the genuine belief they will be granted their opportunity.



Solskjaer is under pressure, and rightly so

The attitude on the bench will reveal a huge deal on what the players truly think of the manager and if the United bench is anything to go by you can add that to the long list of things Solskjaer has failed at.

The likes of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Alex Telles, are all fine examples of players who have been impressive the last time they played for United and you’d think these players would be provided with more opportunity to kick on. But we all know that has been far from the case.

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Where do you even start with Jadon Sancho and more importantly Donny van de Beek? Two players most of Europe would’ve done anything to sign just 18 months ago are now watching their careers rot away on the bench. It seems they have no hope at this moment in time in being provided with the opportunity to rectify that.

The bench is not somewhere a player would like to find themselves, but it’s the manager’s responsibility to ensure the belief and motivation are running throughout the squad. Solskjaer’s inability to keep the substitutes just as motivated as the ones that are playing is damning towards his overall tenure as Manchester United manager.

But at the moment, the United boss seems to struggle with keeping his starting eleven motivated, never mind the players sitting beside him on a matchday.

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