Man United’s humiliated stars arrive for training glum-faced after having a day off following Liverpool mauling – with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fighting for his job ahead of Spurs clash… but club director John Murtough waves cheerily to the camera!
- Manchester United players and staff got down to work on Tuesday morning after having day off on Monday
- It was the squad’s first training session since their total humiliation by bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford
- Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw and Co all looked glum-faced as they drove into the training ground on Tuesday
- Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under immense pressure after a run of poor results in recent weeks
- There’s nothing to say he won’t still be in charge when they face Tottenham in the league on Saturday evening
- Club chief John Murtough smiled and waved to the camera on his arrival into the Carrington training base
- Solskjaer is fighting for his job after Glazers held crisis talks with Ed Woodward
- MARTIN SAMUEL: The idea that United don’t need Antonio Conte is just BIZARRE
The Red Devils were totally embarrassed by Jurgen Klopp‘s side as they fell to a 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford, leaving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under immense pressure.
Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw and Co all looked glum-faced as they arrived for training less than 48 hours on from that horror show. While the club’s football director John Murtough smiled and waved to the camera on his arrival into the Carrington training base.
Man United striker Marcus Rashford arrives for first training session since Liverpool mauling
United left back Luke Shaw arrives at AON Carrington training complex to get down to work
United football director John Murtough smiles and waves to the camera on his arrival
United captain Harry Maguire looks dejected as he arrives to get down to work after Liverpool mauling on Sunday afternoon
Jadon Sancho, who has struggled for game time since his summer move, arrives on Tuesday
Cristiano Ronaldo issued a rallying cry to his team-mates in the aftermath of the shocking loss, captain Harry Maguire apolgised to the fans while defender Shaw insisted the players are to blame rather than their boss.
Without a Premier League victory since September 19 the scrutiny on Solskjaer has intensified in recent weeks and the speculation surrounding his future has escalated.
Sportsmail reported on Monday night that the Norwegian fears he may lose his job after almost three years in charge with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte one of the frontrunners to succeed him.
The club offered Solskjaer lukewarm support on a day of deafening silence at the Premier League giants as chairmen Joel and Avram Glazer held crisis talks with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold.
As the fallout of the humbling defeat continued, the 48-year-old manager spent just under three hours at United’s training ground around lunchtime on Monday with his backroom team and squad given the day off.
Senior players are now questioning Solskjaer’s tactics and leadership over concerns that he is too soft on them and does not have enough experience to turn things around.
United defender Phil Jones heads into the United training ground on Tuesday morning
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under immense pressure after a poor run of results
Chairmen Joel (right of left image) and Avram (left of left image) Glazer have held crisis talks with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward (right) and managing director Richard Arnold
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who won the title in 2017, is interested in United hotseat
It is not the first time Solskjaer has faced an uncertain future at Old Trafford but on Monday he was the shortest odds he’s ever been as boss to lose his job with the bookmakers.
The United hierarchy have given him unequivocal backing previously but the message on Monday night was less forceful.
Sources stressed the need to pull together and move on from Sunday’s embarrassment, adding that there is nothing to say Solskjaer won’t still be in charge when United visit Tottenham on Saturday evening.
Spurs find themselves in desperate need of a result after Nuno Espirito Santo’s side lost to Dutch minnows Vitesse in the Europa Conference League last week and were beaten 1-0 by London rivals West Ham at the weekend.
If Solskjaer does survive this crisis, he knows that bold decisions will need to be made after five defeats in nine games.
United have five days to prepare for their visit to Tottenham – who are also in need of a win
In the aftermath of the Liverpool humiliation, sources claim that he was just as stunned as anyone in the confines of the team’s Old Trafford dressing-room after the full-time whistle.
As exclusively revealed by Sportsmail, Solskjaer is understood to have called on his players to fight their way back from one of the darkest days the club has suffered in recent memory.
He warned them to prepare for days of major criticism following the capitulation, but said the only way they would come through it is by sticking together and responding.
‘It was made clear to the players that they all, including the manager, would get battered this week,’ said the source. ‘But the message was that the team either fights each other or fight back together.’
However, having asked his players to implement a pressing style against Jurgen Klopp’s side, a number of players believed the team were not prepared to play in that way because they had not particularly focussed on the tactic in training in the days leading up to the game.
Ex-Inter Milan boss Conte is open to the United hotseat having been out of work since leaving Italy in May, although his team maintain that they will not open talks with United until Solskjaer’s future has been resolved.