Manchester United’s players and staff were “surprised” and “baffled” by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to give them a week off.
The majority of United’s team is now engaged in international obligations with their various nations, therefore club football is on hold for the time being.
However, a number of United players, including Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Jones, Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek, and Juan Mata, are not on international duty.
Despite this, according to the Daily Mail, Solskjaer has decided to give his players and backroom staff the week off; a reaction that shocked everyone at Old Trafford
It means that the 16 players who aren’t part of international squads aren’t obligated to attend training, and Solskjaer isn’t even in Carrington.
The United manager has returned to his homeland of Norway, with cameras catching Solskjaer, his wife Silje, and their kids Noah and Elijah boarding a private plane at Manchester Airport ahead of a journey to Kristiansund.
United has dropped six of its past twelve games, particularly embarrassing losses at Old Trafford to Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League.
The Red Devils’ next match is at Vicarage Road on November 20th, and Solskjaer is anticipated to be in charge.
United have “no intentions” to replace Solskjaer, according to Sky Sports, despite the fact that a number of United players have doubts about his ability to lead the club forward.
Following Manchester United’s defeat, Rio Ferdinand changes his mind on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Despite this, according to the Daily Mail, Solskjaer has decided to give his players and coaching staff a week off.
It implies that the 16 players who are not part of international squads are not obligated to attend training, and Solskjaer is not even in Carrington.
Solskjaer, his wife Silje, and their boys Noah and Elijah were photographed boarding a private aircraft at Manchester Airport ahead of a journey to Kristiansund, Norway.
Rio Ferdinand has encouraged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave Manchester United with his “head held high” rather than being terminated by the board of directors.
In a 2-0 loss to Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday, Solskjaer witnessed his United team be bullied and overwhelmed.
After a difficult season, including a 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool at Old Trafford, the United boss has been under increasing pressure.
During the international break, Solskjaer travelled to his native Norway to spend time with his family.
After his side’s derby defeat to City, the 48-year-old Norwegian has allegedly talked with United’s higher management.
Despite reports associating Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers with the club, it is understood that United still support Solskjaer and are unwilling to fire him.
After a successful stint as United’s interim manager, Ferdinand has been a vocal supporter of Solskjaer and has pushed for his permanent appointment.
However, the United great now believes it is time for the “baton to be passed” and has asked for Solskjaer to go as the club’s head coach.
Reacting to this on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE, he said: “I sit here now and I don’t think we can challenge for this league.
“I look at our team every week wondering what are we going to do tactically? I don’t see any philosophy or identity in the Man United way of playing whatever that should be from the management. I sit here looking confused at the team.
“I was always deep down a bit sceptical, could he take us on to be champions? I wasn’t fully convinced — I wasn’t sure he could do that.
“But the showing with the squad that he accumulated, to the beginning of this season — and what I’ve seen this season — I just feel it might be about the time now for the baton to be handed over to somebody else who can take us on now.
“And I think Ole would leave now with his head held high because from when he came in to where he got us at the beginning of the season I think it’s been positive.”
“When I watch our team and sit there and feel the players aren’t in fear — the intensity’s not right, players aren’t sprinting out and hurting themselves sometimes in games — I see that as a disrespect to the manager and almost like, ‘I don’t fear [him],’ he said.
“Every great manager who has been successful or won things in this game, they have an element of fear. Pep [Guardiola] now, [Jurgen] Klopp now, [Thomas] Tuchel now, Fergie in my time, George Graham at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger — there’s an element of ‘If you don’t do what I say, you don’t follow the rules […] you are getting back here and sitting […] on the bench and watching.’
“I don’t see that fear in this squad. That can’t be right. It ain’t right.”
United are six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and nine points behind league leaders Chelsea in the Premier League rankings.
According to reports, Solskjaer is dealing with a’revolt’ among his United players, with Bruno Fernandes reportedly dissatisfied with the manager’s and coaches’ lack of direction.
United players do not “fear” Solskjaer, according to Ferdinand, who emphasises the necessity of managers having a “element of dread.”