Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly told the Manchester United players to ‘fight each other or fights back together’ after their embarrassing defeat to Liverpool.
United were smashed 5-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday to put Solskjaer under extreme pressure.
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And the Daily Mail claim Solskjaer issued a call to arms in the United dressing room after the game, urging his players to ‘fight’ through the ‘battering’ they will receive in the press.
A ‘source’ said: ‘It was made clear to the players that they all, including the manager, would get battered this week.
‘But the message was that the team either fights each other or fights back together.’
It remains to be seen whether Solskjaer’s reported plea will have any effect on his side, but Paul Scholes believes it will be hard for his former teammate to hold on to his job.
Scholes said: “It’s going to be very difficult [for Solskjaer] to come back from it, you really don’t know.
“You do have to question tactics, today of all days, we keep going back to it, playing those two in midfield [Fred and Scott McTominay] virtually on their own. It was almost two against five players at times. It’s impossible for any midfielder.
“We can sit here and say Fred and McTominay aren’t good enough for Man United in centre midfield to win a league, but when you’re exposed as they are it’s impossible for anyone. This was always going to happen, playing a game like that against a top-class team, this was always going to happen.
“I think the players have to take a bit of criticism as well. We keep bigging them up, saying how special a group we think he’s produced – but a lot of these players have won nothing.
“Cristiano [Ronaldo] has come in, he’s won, [Edinson] Cavani, he’s won, [Raphael] Varane and [Paul] Pogba, they’ve won things. The rest of them have still got to prove they can win trophies.
“It’s alright saying we think they can, they play as if they think they can, but for four years now they’ve not been good enough to win a trophy. We can’t just lay it all on Ole.”