Manchester United players were left ‘shell-shocked’ after ‘stroppy’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticised them following the FA Cup defeat to Wolves.
United were comfortably beaten 2-1 at the Molineux in the quarter-finals of a competition they really could have won to solidify Solskjaer’s incredible interim start.
But the game instead served as a reminder as to just how far United still have to go to recover from Jose Mourinho’s reign.
The Sun claim that Solskjaer even referenced his predecessor in his post-match team talk, as he ‘accused his players of going back to the Mourinho days’ with ‘their slow, laboured style’.
The Norwegian ‘gave his troops the full hairdryer treatment’ and ‘shell-shocked’ the squad by demanding that they use the international break ‘to analyse their own individual performances’.
Neil Custis – for it is obviously he who has penned this story – says Solskajer ‘was expecting a big reaction’ from his players after the defeat to Arsenal, but he told them they ‘took too many touches’ in a plodding performance.
The squad had apparently ‘never seen him so angry’, and Solskjaer is said to ‘have learnt the hairdryer trick from legendary former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson’. Did he not know how to shout in people’s faces before?
The 46-year-old publicly branded the display and defeat as “a big step backwards”.