Report: Some Manchester United players feel Solskjaer was sold short in the transfer window

Manchester United’s Champions League exit has prompted much soul-searching about the state of the club.

The Telegraph have published a report supposedly detailing what a number of United players feel about various issues at the club.

Apparently, they feel Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tinkering with formations and personnel hasn’t helped them build momentum this season.

They feel he still doesn’t know what his best team is. Though the question remains; is that any excuse to start as slowly as they did in Leipzig on Tuesday?

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Interestingly, there is apparently more sympathy for Solskjaer over what he has been able to do in the transfer market.

Some players feel he was sold short in the summer, when he was unable to sign top target Jadon Sancho.

More generally, they feel he hasn’t been able to evolve the squad as much as he would like.

Champions League group stage fixtures

  1. PSG (A)

    United win 2-1: Fernandes, Rashford

  2. RB Leipzig (H)

    United win 5-0: Greenwood, Rashford (3), Martial

  3. Istanbul Basaksehir (A)

    United lose 2-1: Martial

  4. Istanbul Basaksehir (H)

    United win 4-1: Fernandes (2), Rashford, James

  5. PSG (H)

    United lose 3-1: Rashford

  6. RB Leipzig (A)

    United lose 3-2: Fernandes, Pogba

Why are we hearing this?

It’s hard to shake the feeling that we shouldn’t be hearing these kinds of leaks from United.

There has been information leaking out of the club for years now – about transfer targets and discontent at various times.

That wasn’t the case when David Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson were at the helm.

It perhaps also comes across as the players not taking responsibility for their own shortcomings too.

They are shifting the blame onto the tactics and the transfers, but they were the ones who started so slowly in Germany.

The best way to do the talking would be getting back on track with a win over Manchester City on Saturday.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.