The time has come for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to show his ruthless streak.
This was the word Solskjaer used about his plans for United’s squad in April.
He told ESPN: “It’s going to be survival of the fittest or survival of the best. That’s how ruthless we have to be.”
So far, the club have not backed Solskjaer up. Not a single player has been sold.
Now as United get set to embark on the club’s pre-season tour, Solskjaer has decisions to make.
Naming the squad is the United boss’ first chance to be ruthless.
The difficult transfer market means it’s not easy to shift unwanted players on high wages early on. But Solskjaer can show his intent by leaving some at home.
Do Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo deserve to be taken on the trip to Australia?
Could Solskjaer get even more ruthless and leave Phil Jones at home?
Will wantaway striker Romelu Lukaku fly out? And who knows what is happening with Paul Pogba?
Given the lack of ruthless action at United so far, we aren’t holding our breath, but this is an opportunity for Ole to show he has the actions to back up his words.
It would be more valuable to give young players game time, and the tour experience than those who are not part of United’s plans.
Solskjaer has seen the players back in training this week and will be able to see who is in top physical shape, and who is not. He can see who wants to be at United, and who doesn’t.
Taking players on tour who he has no plans for would be pointless. It’s time for him to start being ruthless.