One Manchester United player openly questioned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to make Harry Maguire captain during a heated meeting involving the squad and management, according to reports.
Solskjaer’s position at United is under major threat following his side’s 5-0 humiliation at home to Liverpool on Sunday.
Following a meeting this week, United’s hierarchy have decided to keep Solskjaer in charge for their Premier League fixture against Tottenham this Saturday, although the Norwegian’s position will be under even more scrutiny if he fails to secure a positive result.
According to The Times, Solskjaer invited United’s players to give their honest feedback in a clear-the-air meeting after the team’s 4-2 defeat to Leicester City.
The report claims that some members of the squad ‘did not hold back’, with one even questioning Solskjaer’s call to appoint Maguire as captain at the start of 2020.
It’s also claimed that another United player accused some of his teammates of lacking motivation during their training sessions.
The report also states that one United player confronted Solskjaer about his selection policy and asked why he did not drop those who have failed to perform this season.
It’s understood that United’s players still have respect for Solskjaer but many believe the 48-year-old lacks the tactical acumen in comparison with Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.
Antonio Conte is one of the frontrunners to replace Solskjaer but United’s hierarchy are torn over the Italian’s appointment as some believe his hardline man-management style is not the right fit for the dressing room.
Conte, who guided Inter to the Serie A title last season, is understood to be willing to take on the job at United, even though his preference is to join a club before the start of a pre-season campaign.
Elsewhere, Sir Alex Ferguson was at United’s training ground on Tuesday along with the club’s former chairman Martin Edwards.
Despite his reaction of disbelief during United’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool which was picked up by television cameras, Ferguson is understood to be backing Solskjaer and wants his former striker to remain in charge at Old Trafford.
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