Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will not accept any “rotten apples” at Manchester United as he outlined the qualities he looks for in his players.
Whether he was laying down a warning or taking a swipe at some of those who have departed is unclear, but the Norwegian has spoken about developing players who are “humble”.
Solskjaer has offloaded a number of high-profile stars, including Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, while he has also brought through youth team players such as Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood.
Regardless of stature though Solskjaer had demanded a work ethic and a “good personality” as he plots to add to his squad this summer.
Solskjaer said in an interview with the ShivNadarFoundation: “I did feel that I was professional and did feel privileged to play for Manchester United.
“I wouldn’t be able to look at myself if I didn’t know I’d given everything for my team-mates and my manager.
“That’s what I also now look for in players that we sign or we bring up from the youth team.
“You have to have a good personality and that you are professional because one rotten apple in the basket will make the others rotten.”
Solskjaer added: “So for me it’s about building a team that will reflect me and my coaching staff’s personalities and views.
“Of course there are standards because we want to win. We are in the business to win.
“But the first step to be a Man Utd player and person, you have to be humble enough to know you have to work hard.
“Never give in and always do your best, 100% effort is required every day and don’t think you are better than you are.
“You still have to play with that confidence at the same time. It’s a fine balance but that is what is going to make the difference when we want to get to the championship again that we want to win.”