Solskjaer decision ‘raised eyebrows’ in Man Utd dressing room

Date published: Friday 27th September 2019 8:16 - Joe Williams

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United

Some Manchester United players disagreed with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to make Axel Tuanzebe captain against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup.

The Red Devils beat Rochdale on penalties in the third round of the Carabao Cup after the League One club equalised late on.

Solskjaer took the opportunity against lower league opposition to give a number of youngsters minutes.

Paul Pogba meanwhile, was back playing for United, and immediately back in the sports pages… of course.

The Norwegian explained on Thursday his reasons for snubbing more experienced players like Pogba, in giving the armband to Tuanzebe.

And the Daily Mail claims that Tuanzebe’s appointment as captain ‘raised eyebrows in some quarters of the dressing room and was not met with universal approval’.

Reacting to his first match as captain, Tuanzebe said: “Dreams do come true. I was literally getting ready to stretch and loosen up and Mike Phelan just came and said to me: ‘Are you ready to go and see the referee’.

“I said ‘what do you mean?’ and he said: ‘Come on you are captain’. So I said ‘alright, let’s get it’.”

“I had goosebumps as I was walking out. It is something I have been working on for a long time and the moment finally came.

“I am just grateful to the manager and grateful to the club and the players I am playing with for sharing this moment with me.”

 

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