Clear air calls cause chaos


Manchester United are in absolute chaos on their way into Saturday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur, as attempts to clear the air ended with the players turning to coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a number of decisions, including making Harry Maguire captain at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian boss is on the verge of being fired after a 4-2 loss to Leicester City and a shock 5-0 home loss to bitter rivals Liverpool. The coach will sit on the bench to face Spurs, but recent reports indicate that the players have lost faith.

A miserable afternoon / Alex Livesey – Danehouse / GettyImages

The Times reports that “clear the air” meetings have been held between the Man Utd players and Solskjaer in an attempt to rectify the situation, but little has been resolved, instead creating an even bigger gap.

The squad met their coach two days after the 4-2 loss to Leicester on October 16, and they were asked what they thought could be done to reverse their poor form. One player criticized his teammates for lack of motivation in training, while another questioned Solskjaer’s decision to give Maguire the captaincy after six months at the club.

It did not stay there either. Another player began to ask Solskjaer why he refused to release players who performed poorly, which indicated that the Norwegian and his staff are too reluctant to reward wingers with a crack in the starting lineup.

That meeting was followed by the disastrous 5-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday, and another set of talks was held in the locker room at the final whistle.

Some Man Utd players had previously shared concerns about Solskjaer’s tactical acumen in the biggest matches and against the top coaches, and these fears came to life on Sunday.

However, one man is determined to carry Man Utd through these difficult times – and of course it is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Manchester Evening News reports that while others are ready to wave goodbye to their coach, the Portuguese legend is doing his best to keep the locker room together.

Ronaldo has told teammates not to give up tools or give up, regardless of their views on Solskjaer’s tactics or position as manager. In fact, he encouraged them to support their boss as long as he is in dugout.

The latest developments speak of a club in total disarray, as they face a tough set of upcoming matches. Man Utd travel to take on Spurs on Saturday, before heading to Italy to face Atalanta and then entertain Manchester City at Old Trafford.

Poor results in any of these matches could mean the end of Solskjaer’s time as Man Utd coach, with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believed to be interested in the position. The Red Devils’ board has chosen to give his club legend a second chance as manager, but he lives on loan.

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