After Bruno Fernandes was substituted at half-time against Tottenham, seemingly for tactical reasons with United down to 10 men, all kinds of wild theories have popped up.
Rumours emerged on social media claiming Fernandes was involved in a row with his teammates and manager, which are unsubtantiated.
Then journalist Duncan Castles claimed this week on his podcast that Fernandes has ‘lost faith in Solskjaer’.
This lent credence to the speculation that all is not well at United and puts Solskjaer’s job under more pressure after a poor start to the season.
Fabrizio Romano refuted these claims on his own podcast, stating: “It is absolutely not true. There is no problem at the moment between Solskjaer and Fernandes, [or] between Bruno and the club.”
This may not quite be the end of it though. While results are poor, there will always be rumours of malcontent.
After all, no footballer is happy losing games, especially by a substantial margin.
A rest for Fernandes could be misconstrued
Solskjaer has a lot of games to plan for, with a crucial Champions League opener away at Paris Saint-Germain next week. Fernandes should be a lock to start that fixture.
New signing Donny van de Beek is desperate for starts, and he could get the nod against Newcastle this weekend, with Fernandes rested.
Van de Beek could replace Pogba in a deeper role, but his two starts so far have come in the Carabao Cup when Fernandes has been out.
If Van de Beek comes in for Fernandes, this in itself will no doubt lead to tabloid speculation about the Portugal star being ‘axed’ amid the claims of unrest.
Even though this could quickly be diffused when he starts against PSG, and then Chelsea days afterwards, the speculation won’t help anybody.
Solskjaer has to make the best decisions for the team, and he will weather any storm which comes his way.
Van de Beek deserves to start though too, and if he is on the bench for a fourth consecutive Premier League games, there will be questions about that.
The simplest solution for Solskjaer is to win games. When that happens, controversy has a way of subsiding…
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