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Solskjaer: Man United players stopped running and caring

During his final game in charge at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer asserted that some of his players ceased “running and caring.”

The Norwegian’s tenure at Manchester United ended in November 2021 after a 4-1 loss to Watford. In that match, during which Harry Maguire received a red card in the second half, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated that certain players didn’t exert themselves as much as they should have.

He told the National: “There were many lows. I’m one of them who looks back at the lows more than the highs. The end at Watford, well you can’t get lower than that. I more or less knew at half time, so my team talk was about enjoying the last 45 minutes together and giving their all. Some of them had stopped running, caring. But then in the second half we played well. Donny [Van de Beek] came on and scored. We should have scored more. Then we got a sending off. 2-1 until the 94th minute. It sounds really bad that it was a 4-1 defeat. It was bad to lose against Watford but it wasn’t a 4-1 game.”

While Solskjaer guided United to a second-placed finish in the Premier League in 2021, matching their best performance in a decade, his tenure ultimately ended without achieving major success. The Red Devils suffered a defeat on penalties in the Europa League final in 2021 against Villarreal, and Solskjaer has been inactive in football management since then.

The 50-year-old former Molde manager had been linked with a potential short-term move to Bayern Munich, but those talks were put on hold after current manager Thomas Tuchel announced his decision to step down at the end of the season. Solskjaer now awaits an opportunity for a new managerial role in the future.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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