Manchester United players do not rate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a manager

  • Kat Lucas

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not emerge unscathed in spite of Manchester United's comeback against Sheffield United. 

The Red Devils have still won just once in the league away from home all season after drawing 3-3 at Bramall Lane. 

The Norwegian's first mistake was to pick Phil Jones over Axel Tuanzebe. 

It arguably cost United the first goal, Lys Mousset winning a physical battle with the centre-back before setting up John Fleck. 

From there, it was an uphill battle for Solskjaer to rectify his mistakes. Jones was hauled off at half-time for Jesse Lingard (yet to score or assist in 2019) and Tuanzebe was finally introduced - but to replace Anthony Martial with United 3-2 up. 

Many felt that killed United's revival and Chris Wilder's men subsequently rescued a point through Oli McBurnie in injury-time. 

Solskjaer's comment that a point against the newly-promoted side was a "big stride forward" as "last year we would have been three, four or five down" on Sky Sports didn't go down well with a lot of United fans - nor the players. 

On the Transfer Window Podcast, hosted by journalist Duncan Castles, it's claimed "a significant number" of players within the dressing room do not rate Solskjaer as a manager. 

They feel his physical training and preparation for games is not at an "elite level" and echoes an old-fashioned English approach. 

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He's seen as a "nice guy" - rarely good news for a manager - but even that relationship is being tested after the Sheffield United game. 

Solskjaer's set-up was strange. He tried three at the back, but left the midfield exposed, watching on as Fred and Andreas Pereira put on a horror show. 

Then, after the game, he admitted he could have taken all 11 players off at the interval. It was an attempt to deflect from Jones' substitution, but went down badly with the players who felt he was throwing them under the bus. 

Players felt his errors led to more dropped points and yet he then questioned their desire, saying Sheffield United wanted it more. 

"They don't consider him to be the level of manager they would expect from Manchester United," the podcast adds. 

Those three goals in seven minutes have done little to ease the pressure on the under-fire United boss as they sit nine points off the top four. 

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