Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for unity at Manchester United following the club’s disappointing start to the season and has accused ‘everyone outside’ of attempting to ‘create a division’.
United have won just once in their opening three league fixtures and have suffered embarrassing home defeats to both Crystal Palace and Tottenham, the latter seeing the north London side inflict the Red Devils’ joint-biggest ever Premier League defeat with a 6-1 victory at Old Trafford.
That dreadful display has only increased the pressure surrounding the squad and the under-fire Solskjaer ahead of tomorrow evening’s trip to Newcastle, with the Norwegian discussing how his players have reacted since the harrowing result against Spurs.
“Well, we’ve been in touch with the ones who have been away as well, of course,” the Man Utd boss said at his pre-match presser.
“It is one of those things that you have to get over as soon as you can and move on.”
There had been some reports suggesting that January signing Bruno Fernandes was losing faith in Solskjaer’s abilities, reports which were strongly denied by the Portugal international who hit out at the media for spreading false information.
The 26-year-old said the reports were a bid to ‘destabilise the group’ – a sentiment which is echoed by his manager, Solskjaer calling for togetherness from his side as they bid to overcome a difficult period.
Bruno Fernandes denies speculation of a bust-up with Man Utd boss Solskjaer ❌
“Do not use my name, my colleagues or the coach to make trouble at Man Utd.
“I believe it is a way to destabilise the group. What was said is in no way true.” pic.twitter.com/xBHWuRAIRv
— Goal (@goal) October 15, 2020
“We know any little chance from outside, you want to create a division,” he continued. “I think Bruno spoke really well the other day about we are United, we have to stay together.
“We can’t listen to everyone outside, we’ve just got to get on with it.”
Fernandes did reveal that he had been involved in a discussion with teammate Victor Lindelof following the club’s poor performance, with the playmaker having been substituted during half-time of the defeat with Spurs leading 4-1.
Solskjaer says the recent losses have provided the Portuguese with an increased sense of the pressures of playing for Manchester United and has reiterated his stance that the Red Devils must ‘stick together’ amid the raft of negative headlines surrounding the club.
“Bruno has now lost two league games since he came to the club and he came in February,” he added. “But it’s been two in quick succession.
“So he’s not used to losing league games for us but now it’s ‘Bruno, welcome to Man United, this is what happens when we lose a couple’.
“They’re going to try to create a division between us but that’s not going to happen because this group is a group that wants to work hard together and stick together.”