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Solskjaer sends message to critics

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solslkjaer sent a message to his critics after his side’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

The Norwegian coach has come under fire following the his side’s difficult start to the 2020/21 campaign, which included the humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

Solslkjaer’s handling of new signing Donny van de Beek has also been questioned, with the Dutch star an unused substitute against Chelsea.


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However, the United boss insists every decision he makes is to the long-term benefit of his side.

“It’s going to be relentless,” he told MUTV on United’s schedule and how that impacts his decisions. “It’s easy to be a fan, or to be you and sit and say ‘he should be playing, he should be playing’, but you don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.

“They are tired, they’ve played lots of internationals now, every three days. And after PSG last time [in 2019] we had a big dip. This time around we’ve started with a good performance, we got a point and it’s something to build from.”

Pogba admission made by Solskjaer

Solskjaer admits he was too eager to include Paul Pogba in his United starting XI following the midfielder’s recovery from COVID-19.

Pogba tested positive for coronavirus in August and, after a period of self-isolation, undertook just nine days of pre-season training before being thrust into the side against Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur.

The World Cup winner struggled to influence those games and has subsequently started United’s last three fixtures on the substitutes’ bench. Something which Solskjaer now believes is the wiser approach.

“He’s been out for a while with coronavirus this summer, so he’s getting better and better and maybe more his shape,” he said. “Maybe I was unfair to him starting him that early in the first few games but he’s coming on and he’s done great when he’s come on.”

The United boss added: “When you’ve got good players it’s a nice challenge and a decision to make when you’ve got good players on the bench that can come on and impact the game. I think Paul, all three games this week, he’s really come on and made a very positive impact.”

Neville questions Van de Beek role

After Van de Beek remained an unused substitute in United’s draw with Chelsea, Gary Neville has described Solskjaer’s use of the Dutch star “a mystery”.

Van de Beek arrived from Ajax in a £40.1million move this summer, but he is yet to make a full start in the Premier League.

To Neville, the midfielder’s lack of playing time is curious, and it may lead van de Beek to question why he moved to Old Trafford.

“What is a little bit of a mystery is the use of van de Beek since being signed for £40m,” Neville said on Sky Sports. “He doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of Ole’s plans in every game. It’s a bit of a mystery, that one.

“The more he doesn’t start, the more he doesn’t come on, well, a £40m-player, ordinarily, you get him into the team. He must be thinking, ‘What am I doing here?’ at this moment in time.”

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