Manchester United’s players pleaded with club officials not to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of the impressive win over Tottenham, claims a report.
The Times suggest that United’s squad are behind the Norwegian and their performance against Spurs certainly supported that notion, as they put in arguably their best display of the season in the 2-1 victory.
Solskjaer has come under increasing pressure of late after a poor start to the season and The Sun claimed that Solskjaer had told his players he could be axed if he lost to Jose Mourinho’s men on Wednesday.
The United boss rubbished those suggestions, but the tabloid have certainly sharpened their knives for Solskjaer because the following day they ran a story claiming Gareth Southgate could be in the frame to replace him at the end of the season.
The Times, who of course are also a News Corp publication, like The Sun, report that United’s squad went to tell “senior figures” at the club that Solskjaer still had the support of the United dressing room, before Wednesday night.
Per the source, behind the scenes the club’s board are “still supportive of Solskjaer despite United’s disappointing start”.
There is an understanding that Solskjaer will need time and money to fix things at Old Trafford and Gary Neville urged his former team-mate to spend the owners money earlier this week.
Still, the 1999 treble hero leads his side to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening with renewed confidence, having overseen a deserved 2-1 win against Tottenham thanks to a Marcus Rashford brace.
“I don’t read too much into what gets said online or in the press or different things like that,” Scott McTominay said of the speculation around Solskjaer that dominated the build-up to Wednesday’s match.
“There’s two managers out there who have represented this football club. One currently is.
“Obviously it’s our duty as players to go out there and do our utmost best for him and hopefully we can (put on performances for him) because we love him. We love him as a group as well.
“So hopefully we can start putting in performances that we’ve deserved.
“And some of the points we’ve missed out on this year have not represented the level of performance as well, so hopefully we can keep pushing forward now as well.”