Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired from his role as manager of Manchester United on Sunday morning, following a string of poor results, which included heavy defeats to the likes of Leicester City, Liverpool and Watford.
But if a new report by Manchester Evening News is anything to go by, the Norwegian had been struggling to save his dressing room for well over a year now, after some of decisions triggered a number of senior team members.
The report says that Solskjaer’s problems began when he decided to make Harry Maguire captain, even though he’d just arrived the club in a mega money move from Leicester City. The Englishman was appointed leader of the club in 2020, after his move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2019, following the departure of Ashley Young.
The decision didn’t go down well with some senior team members, but that wasn’t all. The report further adds that Solskjaer’s decision to continue playing Maguire, despite his underwhelming performances was also not acceptable to this group of players.
Bruno Fernandes and Nemanja Matic were particularly critical of Maguire at half-time, during the 6-1 defeat to Tottenham in October 2020, and it was both players that were eventually taken off by Solskjaer in the game.
It isn’t clear how true the report is, but there have been widespread reports suggesting that Solskjaer did lose the dressing room and the players stopped playing for him, prior to his sack.
United now look to appoint a replacement for the Norwegian, with Ajax boss, Eric ten Hag, Zinedine Zidane, Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino all contenders for the role.