Ole Gunnar Solskjær is having a hard time as Manchester United coach.
His lack of tactical skill, his one-dimensional style of play, his inability to win a trophy during his three years are just a few criticisms of the Norwegian.
One aspect that is, however, a more subtle but equally judgmental way of highlighting how far away Solskjær is from being the real man at United is the attitude of the players who do not start regularly.
Before getting into the friction between players and the manager at Old Trafford, judging by United’s rivals and the dynamics of their respective clubs, it will reveal everything.
Jurgen Klopp has his favorite starting eleven, where he wants to play as much as possible. His options off the bench, despite knowing their playing time is limited at the club, are still in full faith in the manager’s abilities and give their all when asked.
You have a better chance of United winning the league this season than Pep Guardiola choosing the same starting line-up three games in a row. Guardiola gets the best out of its star-studded team by frequently switching between its options. A team, except maybe one or two, where no one’s place is guaranteed, and yet every single player plays out of the skin when given the opportunity.
Thomas Tuchel’s rigid style of play requires a very specific performance from all his players, and as we have seen during his short time at Chelsea, he is not afraid to make a substitution or rotate a player out of the starting lineup if not up to standard. . But not a single player questions his decision and still has the motivation to make the most of every playing time they receive.
Do you notice a common theme? Regardless of the manager’s style or tactics, the wingers of a successful club are always ready and have the genuine belief that they will get their chance.
The attitude on the bench will reveal a huge agreement on what the players really think of the manager, and if the United bench is something to go by, you can add it to the long list of things Solskjær has failed.
People like Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Alex Telles are all fine examples of players who have been impressive the last time they played for United, and one would think that these players would have more opportunities to kick on. But we all know that has far from been the case.
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Where do you start with Jadon Sancho and more importantly Donny van de Beek? Two players that most of Europe would have done anything to pick up just 18 months ago are now watching their careers rot on the bench. It seems that at present they have no hope of having the opportunity to rectify this.
The bench is not a place where a player wants to find himself, but it is the manager’s responsibility to ensure that faith and motivation run throughout the squad. Solskjær’s inability to keep the replacements as motivated as those who play is devastating to his overall tenure as Manchester United manager.
But at the moment, the United boss seems to be struggling to keep his starting line-ups motivated, pyt with the players sitting next to him on a match day.
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