Modern players not more powerful than managers – Solskjaer

first_imgManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is of the opinion that players are not more powerful than they used to be, contradicting claims by predecessor Jose Mourinho on Thursday.Speaking publicly for the first time since his sacking from Old Trafford in December, Mourinho told beIN Sports that the balance of power has shifted at football clubs in recent times.“Sir Alex Ferguson used to say the day a player is more important than a club, goodbye,” Mourinho said. “Not any more. The manager ought to be there to coach the players, not to keep the discipline at any cost. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “You need a structure to protect the manager and keep everything in place, so that the players do not arrive in a situation where they feel more powerful than they used to be… Everything good I did with players is not news any more. News in modern football is when you have problems.”But Solskjaer believes the natural order remains, so long as the values of the team are considered sacrosanct.“I wouldn’t say more powerful but it’s different because you know with the social media and the world and society younger players grow up in compared to what I did; I sound really old now but it is such a different era and now everything’s just on Twitter or Facebook or whatever it is straight away,” Solskjaer told a press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Brighton.“As long as it’s not malicious, that’s just the reality we live in. But they still have to have the values of a team, they want to have to improve because I have to say no one deserves to be in a better team than what they would give to the team, if you know what I mean.“If they want to help the team they deserve to be here, if they don’t want to help the team they don’t deserve to be here. So those values and beliefs and principles don’t change.”Romelu Lukaku Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2018-19Meanwhile, Solskjaer has warned that the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez may have to get used to being part of a rotating front line as the Norwegian comes to grips with having six star attackers to fit into just three positions and Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard currently in favour for the starting spots.“Lukaku’s a big part of the squad definitely, with his personality around the place. There’s no one scoring as many goals as him in training so I have the three that have played the most but then you have got Rom, you’ve got Juan [Mata], you’ve got Alexis, so I’ve got a front six there that I can rotate with. And Rom is definitely going to be playing games.“I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two, and now we have six forwards and we play with three most of the time, so it’ll be ok to be able to rotate and there’s enough games and playing time.“It’s about taking your chances when you get them and to be fair Rom has scored three already, but Marcus has scored four and Paul Pogba has scored four since I came so it’s up to the strikers to pip them.”United will be looking to extend their six-game winning run under Solskjaer when Brighton visit on Saturday afternoon, with a 15:00GMT kick-off. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

McTominay agrees new Man Utd contract

first_imgManchester United youngster Scott McTominay has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2023.The 22-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season and has been linked with a loan move in the January transfer window, with Celtic reportedly interested.But having broken into the first team under Jose Mourinho last season, the midfielder is keen to continue his development with the Red Devils. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Manchester United has been my life since the age of five and playing for the club I’ve always supported is all I’ve ever wanted to do,” he said.“I’m still young and I’m learning all the time from the manager, his coaching staff and from the world-class players in the squad.”I can’t wait to continue my progress at this great club.“Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: “Scott has been with the club from a very young age, he has progressed through our Academy ranks and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years.✍️ We are delighted to announce Scott McTominay has extended his contract with #MUFC until June 2023, with the option to sign for a further year.Congratulations, @McTominay10! 🙌— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 21, 2019″Scott is a young midfielder and is constantly improving. He’s an intelligent player and wants to learn all the time.“I am delighted he has signed a new contract and there is no doubt that he has a bright future ahead of him.”Lancaster-born McTominay joined the United academy aged five and went on to make his debut in 2017 against Arsenal – and was soon rewarded with a new contract.In the 2017-18 season he made 23 appearances in all competitions and became a favourite of then manager Jose Mourinho.The coach awarded McTominay the ‘Manager’s Player of the Year’ prize in his final full season at the helm, but this term his career has stalled.Reports had suggested the midfielder could be loaned out to a club in the Scottish Premiership in the January transfer window, but no move has been forthcoming. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more