One thing you can’t accuse Solskjær of being is soft. 9 players first-team players have been shown the door in just over the year that the Norwegian has been in charge and it doesn’t look like the exodus will stop anytime soon.
Jesse Lingard’s very graphic telling-off against Manchester City in January was followed by a string of games either on the bench or outside the squad.
Andreas Pereira has been left out of the squad on several occasions since Bruno Fernandes’ arrival and Ole has now suggested that some players time might be up.
“I am not going to feel sorry for you (the player), you have to make yourself available for the next game and competitive in situations. That is what I like. I like to see players who say, ‘okay, he has left me out for two or three games without explanation,” Solskjær says ahead of Thursday’s fifth round FA Cup tie at Derby.
“I don’t have to explain every time. Sometimes I do, yeah, but it is a way for me to say I need more. You can’t just speak to them 100 times and say, ‘now we need a change in you’. You have had opportunities.
“I’ve got to make decisions and one day… well, you give them one warning and that’s it probably, and then the next thing maybe they are not here anymore. You don’t have to explain every time then. You might have to think about it after.