Man Utd star tells ‘carefree’ Solskjaer he was made to look ‘sh*t’

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shrugs

A Man Utd player reportedly made it known to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he thought his team-mate made him look ‘sh*t’ during their defeat to Liverpool last month.

The Red Devils parted company with their 1999 treble hero in the wake of their 4-1 defeat at Watford and have put Michael Carrick in temporary charge while the club look to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season.

The decision comes at the end of a torrid run of results for Man Utd under Solskjaer, the club great who himself took over on an interim basis back in December 2018 after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

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He rode out a chastening 5-0 home loss to Liverpool and appeared to be back in calmer waters after a 3-0 win at Tottenham, but a comprehensive derby loss to Manchester City meant that the Watford game was essentially a must-win.

A report in the Manchester Evening News claims that Solskjaer’s ‘soft management turned Manchester United players against each other’.

On their loss to Watford the Manchester Evening News revealed:

‘Long after Vicarage Road had cleared of supporters, Solskjaer cheerfully reemerged for his post-match media duties. He spotted Tom Cleverley, smiled and ruffled the hair of a player he managed in the United reserves. He made a beeline for Claudio Ranieri and they briefly walked in a bromantic embrace. Up in the press box, the vultures were hovering.

‘A colleague quipped Solskjaer was so carefree he might as well appear on Ben Foster’s YouTube vlog. Solskjaer was never going to change that sunny exterior but that nice-guy image was a hindrance. When an emboldened Ranieri stood in front of Solskjaer to maintain his team’s high press in a one-way first-half, Solskjaer tolerated it. A firmer manager would have put Ranieri back in his box.’

It is also claimed that one Man Utd player was unhappy after he was exposed by a fellow player during their thrashing by Liverpool at Old Trafford in late October.

The report added:

‘One player complained after the Liverpool humbling he was made to look ‘sh*t’ due to the number of times he was covering for a teammate. Another player who featured in the game was spotted in a restaurant in Manchester hours after the embarrassment the same night. “He was in there like nothing had happened,” an eyewitness said.’