Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba are running the Man Utd dressing room, according to former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
Michael Carrick won his first game as the Red Devils caretaker manager last night as Man Utd qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 victory at Villarreal.
It came after an “emotional” few days for the club which saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked after their fifth defeat in seven Premier League matches at Watford.
Despite Solskjaer being far from convincing with his team selection and tactics in recent weeks, many have criticised the poor performances of the top Man Utd players for costing the Norwegian his job.
And Robinson claims Solskjaer “lost the dressing room” and he has heard that Ronaldo, Fernandes, Cavani and Pogba are in charge of the dressing room.
Former England goalkeeper Robinson told Football Insider: “The big players have been just awful for a number of weeks now. That is why Solskjaer got sacked at the end of the day. You could see he lost the dressing room a while back.
“But, just look at the talent in that dressing room. It will not take a lot for a different manager to come in and get a tune out of those players. United have some of the best players in the world.
“Yes, there is a lot of ego and a lot of attitude in that dressing room but there is that at other big clubs as well.
“The difference was the characters in that dressing room were far bigger than the manager. Ronaldo, Fernandes, Cavani and Pogba run the dressing room if you believe what I hear.”
Meanwhile, Carrick admitted he had “mixed emotions” after Man Utd beat Villarreal last night but was pleased with his side’s performance.
“The result obviously is a major plus from the run we’ve gone on – we can’t hide that,” Carrick said. “To get that feeling of winning a football match for the players is huge, and to keep a clean sheet, David (De Gea) was important again so all round there’s a lot of positives to take.
“The biggest (positive) I’ll take is how everyone adapted, the reaction and how they pulled together.
“In situations like this there’s mixed emotions. It’s a test of people and you find out who the real characters are, who’s there with you and who’s not. I thought everyone stuck together in terms of supporting me and my staff and we managed to get the win which is very pleasing. It was a big one.”