Man Utd boss Solskjaer threatens to axe unfit players from pre-season tour as he plans brutal training camp


OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER will welcome Manchester United’s stumbling stars back to training with the message: It’s fit or bust.

Solskjaer and his backroom team have drawn up a hard-line pre-season diary to ensure there is no repeat of the fitness issues which were such a problem last term.

Solskjaer will axe unfit Man Utd stars in gruelling pre-season plan
Eamonn and James Clarke
Solskjaer was shocked at United’s poor fitness levels when he joined
Eamonn and James Clarke

The first-team squad are due back at Carrington on July 1, although those involved in the Nations League will be given an extra few days break.

And the manager has left them all in no doubt that he expects them to return in top shape, with anyone not doing so potentially being axed from the pre-season tour.

Every player has been given a specific regime for the close-season, geared to individual diets and light work.

And they will be pitched straight into a hard-line routine as soon as they get back to work, before United head to Australia for the first leg of their season prep.

The first week will be made up of double sessions, lasting from 9.30am to 4.30pm, with the first two mornings also including various tests.


Players will be examined for weight, body fat and undergo a saliva test – introduced by Jose Mourinho.

Results will be compared to readings taken in the final week of the season.

They will then face gruelling fitness sessions, with the opening ones centred around the dreaded bleep tests.

After training until lunch, they will then be given one hour’s rest, before focusing on ball work and more running in the afternoons.

United’s pre-season tour takes them to Australia, China, Singapore and Wales, starting with a game against Perth Glory on July 13.

They face Leeds four days later, before flying to Singapore to face Inter Milan on 20 July.

Avoiding the Europa League qualifiers means they can go ahead with the planned meeting with Spurs in Shanghai on July 25, before finishing against AC Milan in Cardiff on August 3.

Solskjaer openly admitted he was stunned at United’s fitness levels when he took over, with opponents regularly outrunning them in games.

It had not been a major issue under Jose Mourinho’s slower-paced approach, but became a major concern as Solskjaer wanted a return to the high speed style of old.

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