Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted he is the right man to make big decisions about personnel changes at Manchester United this summer.
Solskjaer was speaking ahead Wednesday night’s crucial Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
Are big changes needed at Man Utd? Five key things to know…
- After initial joy in terms of results, United have struggled to rediscover their best form in recent weeks.
- The attitude of several first-team players has been questioned by former stars such as Gary Neville.
- Neville said Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Everton was “a reality check for all of us”.
- There have been suggestions a number of players could be on their way out this summer.
- United have lost six of their last eight games in all competitions.
The heavy loss at Everton on Sunday – seen by many as the worst performance since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement – has increased speculation about a summer overhaul at United.
And while Solskjaer admits he is willing to oversee such an event, he has also expressed his admiration for the current group of players.
Asked if he is the right man to make big decisions about personnel changes this summer, Solskjaer said: “I would like to think so, yeah.
“I like all these boys, I love them because they’re great lads but I’ve got to make a decision. I’ve got to make a decision for the club.
“I’m managing the club and I help the players but I manage for the club and I’m going to put all of my effort into making sure that we do what we think is right for the club.”
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Solskjaer: Many Man Utd players have what it takes
United’s incredible turnaround against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League now feels like a distant memory.
But it’s those type of performances Solskjaer is holding onto as a sign that many of the current players are good enough to be retained this summer.
And the Norwegian went on to reiterate wholesale changes are not necessarily going to happen.
Solskjaer added: “Now is not the time to talk about, or make, wholesale changes in the squad because [that squad] has been doing so great.
“City and Liverpool have taken more points than us in the last 18 games or whatever it is, and that’s it. That’s a great effort by the boys.
“Where we were when we came in, we’ve really given it a go, and I’ve got say that you can see loads of Man United standards – the DNA – in many of these players.
“But… as I’ve said: of course you have to get players in and some players will have to go out.”