John Murtough says Manchester United will ignore 'Ole out' social media calls

Manchester United’s start to the season has been imperfect so far. That is often how it goes early on into the campaign.

United have struggled to get the attack clicking in recent weeks, with just three goals scored in four matches against West Ham, Aston Villa, Villarreal, and Everton.

Supporters have been frustrated by the way United have struggled to click, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to get it right.

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Director of football John Murtough spoke to the recent fan forum about the style he wants to see United playing in, and how he wants it to translate across all levels.


Murtough said: “We talk to players and we talk to our coaching staff about playing fast, fluid attacking football, so when we link across all the age groups, there’s a thread that runs through the football club.”

Determined to stick to the plan

There has been a typical outcry on social media following United’s stuttering start to the season.

Murtough is determined to shut out the noise and believes United must stay focused on the task at hand.

He said, in comments reported via the club website: “One thing we do is just keep control – emotionally we don’t get carried away, we don’t deviate from our plan.

“Ole and the staff are very focused on that. We don’t get distracted by what’s said on social media, which can sometimes create fervour and hysteria. It’s part of the modern game, but we’re very focused.”

Hashtags like #OleOut and #OleOutNow trended on Twitter after Manchester United’s draw with Everton.

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While the club clearly sympathise with supporters frustrated when the team fail to win games, the board do not share the same sense of panic.

Murtough’s comments come from the top, they were spoken in the fan forum meeting in the (online) presence of Joel Glazer.

Results will have to get dramatically worse for the club to consider a change. It won’t happen when the club are just two points off the top of the Premier League.

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