Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s got a wheel problem as Man Utd flops don’t care about the team

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MANCHESTER UNITED fans thought the good old days had returned.

After a five-and-a-half-year rollercoaster ride, they seemed to be back on track as fans serenaded their new boss with his own song ‘Ole’s at the wheel’.

Alexis Sanchezs huge wages have caused a big problem for Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Alexis Sanchez’s huge wages have caused a big problem for Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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A 17-game run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought 14 wins, two draws and only one defeat.

Now after five losses in seven and a humbling in Barcelona, it is all back to square one.

The most worrying thing about Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat was the apparent disinterest on the pitch about what was going on.

It took Scott McTominay slapping his thighs in frustration late in the second half to remind you there was still a heart beating in this side.

Because when David De Gea can drop a massive b*****k, you know there are problems.

Perhaps he is sick of dragging everyone out of the cart as he did with another wondersave three days earlier against West Ham.

SANCH WAGE WOES

Perhaps every player is thinking about themselves rather than the group. When massive money gets involved, that is what can happen. Paul Scholes used to walk into contract negotiations without an agent and just asked where he needed to sign. He just loved playing football and loved Manchester United.

Yet ever since Alexis Sanchez arrived on his staggering £505,000-a-week deal, there has been a big change in the players’ thinking.

All those up for new deals no longer seem to think about the club, the crest or the history but about how they should be rewarded in relation to an under-performing Chilean who rehabs from injury by riding a horse.

STARS WANT OUT

Juan Mata kept the dressing room together over the turbulent final months of Jose Mourinho’s reign.

Respected by his team-mates, he should have the captain’s armband but cannot agree a new deal and is on his way out.

Ander Herrera is another who no longer wants to be at Old Trafford. He is supposed to be injured. He thinks he is worth more than Sanchez is a week. The club don’t.

United can’t reach an agreement with De Gea to keep hold of him. After his Nou Camp howler he is hardly in the driving seat.

Marcus Rashford is ‘Manc born and bred’ as we are reminded in Ole’s song — yet United still can’t tie him down to a long-term deal.

Then there is Paul Pogba. In the club’s biggest game of the season, your £89million record signing has thoughts about joining Real Madrid. He was good in the first leg against Barca, dreadful on Tuesday.

As pundit and United great Gary Neville said: “I thought he was really poor, rolling his foot over the ball all the time, playing for himself, not looking interested at times.”

NOT ALL ED’S FAULT

It is easy for fans to point the finger at executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at times like this.

After the 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain, they were asking for selfies with him in Charles de Gaulle airport the next morning. Now it is all his fault again.

He has got the money out of the Glazers and given it to the managers to make a difference. The problem is they all felt they needed to make an immediate impact.

There’s no long-term thinking anymore, not since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. It seems United have too much history of success to sit around waiting for someone to rebuild them.


Solskjaer remains the right man for the job.

His connection with the past is important, but the problems of modern-day football have derailed him.

Scholes just signed on the dotted line and played football. Too few do that nowadays.

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