Inside Solskjaer’s two-hour dressing down to Man Utd stars and ‘fight’ speech

Man Utd were humiliated by Liverpool at Old Trafford and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made his feelings known at full-time as he addressed his players for two hours as pressure mounts on his position

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Liverpool’s record 5-0 win at Man Utd: Solskjaer at ‘rock bottom’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer kept his Manchester United players in the dressing room for two hours as he called on them to “fight” after their Liverpool drubbing.

The Red Devils were hammered 5-0 by their arch rivals at Old Trafford in what was a humiliating afternoon.

Solskjaer declared the defeat his “darkest day” as his team’s flaws were continuously exposed by Liverpool.

The Norwegian unloaded on his players and warned them that days of intense scrutiny were set to come their way.

Internally doubts are emerging about Solskjaer’s credentials and his ability to lead United back to the summit.

The Daily Mail reports that the 48-year-old has urged his players to stick together after the defeat or risk capitulating.

Solskjaer’s dressing room speech comes just eight days after he did a similar trick – albeit for less time – at Leicester last weekend.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer challenge his players in the dressing room after the defeat


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“It was made clear to the players that they all, including the manager, would get battered this week,” said a source.

“But the message was that the team either fights each other or fight back together.”

Solskjaer’s tactics continue to leave a lot to be desired, especially after he claimed his side would be on the “front foot” against Liverpool.

United’s best results under the Norwegian have come as a counter-attacking outfit, so his comments represent a change in style.

The players felt that the new vision comes despite a lack of work being done in training which has led to questions.

Antonio Conte continues to be linked with the role and is reportedly open to discussing taking over from Solskjaer.

The Norwegian came out fighting after the devastating loss and maintained he was the right man to lead the club, despite doubts continuing internally.

He said: “I do believe in myself, I do believe that I am getting close to what I want with the club.

Man Utd were humiliated by their rivals

“I think what we’ve done, what I’ve seen, the development, of course the results lately haven’t been good enough, it’s hands up and that brings doubt in anyone’s mind probably.”

The United hierarchy have resisted calls to change their manager on several occasions during Solskjaer’s tenure.

Before the Liverpool reverse the board had reiterated their commitment to the man in the dugout.

Despite that Jamie Carragher is adamant that changes need to be made if United want to challenge the league’s leading three teams.

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Manchester United need a better manager. Ole is not a manager for Manchester United,” he said on Sky Sports.

“He’s done really well but you need someone to take them to the next level. Unfortunately, Solskjaer is not Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola or Thomas Tuchel. It’s staring you in the face.”

He continued: “You cannot have people learning on the job who have never been at the club of that size. They have got Mike Phelan but I do not think he’s a coach, there’s Michael Carrick and Kieren McKenna, they have never coached anyone in their lives.”

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