Wayne Rooney says Man Utd players need to 'fear' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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For one reason or another, Manchester United have been awful ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became permanent manager at the end of March.

Since then the Red Devils have crashed out of the Champions League to Barcelona, lost in the FA Cup to Wolves and finished sixth in the Premier League.

United were phenomenal during Solskjaer's first couple of months as interim manager, but over time they seemed to run out of steam.

Reports suggest it was because the players weren't conditioned properly by Solskjaer for his style of play, but perhaps the simple fact of the matter is a lot of them aren't good enough.

A mentality problem resides within United's squad, too, and that was very apparent during the 2-0 defeat at home to Cardiff City on the final day of the season.

Paul Pogba and co. didn't look bothered, despite the fact a lot of their futures at United are in serious doubt.

It's an issue that was rarely present during the Sir Alex Ferguson era and one man who knows a bit about having a strong mentality is Wayne Rooney.

Rooney spent 13 years at United and became the club's top goalscorer before returning to boyhood club Everton in 2017. He now plays for DC United in the MLS.

And speaking on the latest episode of the 'Wayne Rooney Podcast', he said United's current players need to fear Solskjaer and stop posting on social media after losing games.

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"It's a tough one, because to watch Manchester United struggle is always tough," said the 33-year-old striker.

"When Ole came in he did a fantastic job and you could see the players were given that bit of freedom; you could see they loved it.

"They earned the right to win games with how they were playing. But then all of a sudden, I don't know whether it's players being linked to other teams or players down-tooling...


"I don't think it is that but for some reason they just didn't perform the last seven, eight games of the season, which has cost them.

"I think the players need to fear someone. They need to fear Ole, they need to fear Michael Carrick. They need to respect them but fear them also.

"You've got players losing a game and then posting something on social media about their new clothing range or aftershave, whatever they are bringing out, which I find remarkable.

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"So when fans speak up on it and say, 'Why are you posting that?' they always have the marketing people to blame. Take responsibility. They work for you.

"These players almost like to find someone to hide behind, whether that's on the social media or on the pitch, and that's what they're doing."

Well said, Wayne.

United have lost their identity in recent years and it's up to Solskjaer to build a squad that's prepared to fight for the badge.

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