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Major Mourinho oversight at Man Utd leaves Solskjaer in shock

Date published: Sunday 19th May 2019 3:22

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was ‘dismayed’ by the levels of fitness at Manchester United when he took over from Jose Mourinho as manager.

The Red Devils ended the season in sour fashion on Sunday as they lost 2-0 to Neil Warnock’s already-relegated Cardiff last Sunday – making it eight defeats in 12 matches following Solskjaer’s permanent appointment as manager.

And according to a report, Solskjaer was not shy of letting his players know exactly how he felt about their performance following the embarrassing loss to the Bluebirds.

The Norwegian reportedly tore into his squad, branding them a ‘disgrace’ and even cancelling a debrief he had scheduled for Monday.

He then ‘outlined the short-term future to them’ and told them he is ‘prepared to get rid of half the team if he had to’ due to attitude problems.

Solskjaer is reportedly planning wholesale changes to his playing squad this summer – and also plans to work on their fitness.

According to ESPN, Solskjaer and his No 2 Mike Phelan were left stunned by the appalling levels of fitness among first-team players after succeeding Jose Mourinho in the hotseat.

A source at Manchester United told ESPN: “They worked really hard to change that in December and January but they hit the wall in the end, and that was probably inevitable.”

Solskjaer has told his squad to report back for pre-season training on July 1 ahead of their tour to Australia where they play Perth Glory on July 13 and Leeds United on July 17.

And the United manager has warned his squad they’ll be left behind to work on their fitness if they don’t prove themselves ahead of their flight Down Under.


“It’s not like a threat but whoever’s not ready on July 1 will probably stay here and not travel with us,” said Solskjaer. “We only want and need players we can use over there.

“We have a longer summer break than any of the other challengers and have to use that as an advantage.

“They all have individual programmes. Some need strength, some need cardiovascular stuff, it’s all different.

“We expect them to be ready to go when we start. We’re not going to use the first ten days to build them up, they should be ready to go.”

Solskjaer, meanwhile, has suffered a major blow after the club were seemingly priced out of a deal for a major summer transfer target.





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