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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave the hairdryer treatment to Man Utd squad after Wolves loss

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It's now two defeats on the bounce for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager.

Having made a faultless start to life at Old Trafford, it seems the Red Devils are still overcoming the hangover from their historic comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.

Don't get us wrong, Solskjaer is still doing a brilliant job and could be appointed as permanent boss during the international break, but he'll be the first to admit recent performances have been below par.

Despite creating a number of brilliant opportunities during the first-half, United suffered their first Premier League defeat since Jose Mourinho's exit at the hands of Arsenal.

That was followed up by a gutting 2-1 loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers, ending their campaign in the FA Cup and their best chance of silverware this season.

Wolves 2-1 Man Utd

"This was the poorest we've played," Solskjaer admitted to BBC Sport after being eliminated.

"I didn't think we had enough quality in the last third, enough combination play. This was a big step backwards, mainly because of the quality of the possession and the passing.

"We've had a great run and now we've had two defeats. Against Arsenal we just couldn't score, and this was poor."

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Solskjaer gives players the 'hairdryer treatment' 

Pretty strong words from Solskjaer but according to a report in The Sun, the Norwegian reserved his angry words for the dressing room and didn't hide his disappointment from the players.

In fact, the on-loan Molde manager allegedly slammed his squad for playing like they did under Mourinho, undoubtedly a provocative statement after the events of this season.

"Stroppy Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accused his players of going back to the Mourinho days," the report explained on Monday night.

"Manchester United’s interim boss gave his troops the full hairdryer treatment after their FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Wolves. 

"And the Norwegian told his shell-shocked team to use the international break to analyse their own individual performances.'

There can be little doubting that Mourinho's brand of football is the antithesis to what Solskjaer is trying to achieve and his philosophy is certainly more in line with United tradition.

However, there were certainly hints of the United that had struggled earlier in the season during the game at Molineux and it's no wonder Solskjaer was disappointed.

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The only saving grace is that everyone has the club now has two weeks to analyse the situation and return to Carrington with a determination to rectify things.

United face a tough battle with Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea to reach the top four, while Barcelona prove an incredibly tough challenge in the Champions League.

But if Solskjaer can rediscover his magic at Old Trafford, then nothing is impossible.

Do you think Solskjaer will be given the job? Have your say in the comments section below.

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