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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged to “get tough” on Man Utd players in public

By Ben Green

Published: 15:46, 26 August 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged by Jamie Redknapp to be more like Jose Mourinho and “get tough in public” when speaking about Manchester United players.

The Red Devils kicked off their campaign with a brilliant 4-0 win over Chelsea, but have since drawn to Wolves and come unstuck against Crystal Palace.

Why does Solskjaer need to “get tough”? Five things to know… 

  • Solskjaer was subject to criticism after the 1-1 draw with Wolves for allowing his players to change penalty takers.
  • Man Utd have now missed two spot kicks in as many games with Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba the culprits.
  • Solskjaer has defended the shared responsibility and described both players as “designated takers”.
  • However, Gary Neville hit out at his ex-teammate for not taking control of the situation.
  • Redknapp has now called on Solskjaer to let his players “know who is boss” when in front of the media.

In the previous two matches, both Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have missed penalties after on-field discussions, leading some pundits and ex-players to criticise Solskjaer for not having an iron grip on in-match decisions.

And former England international, Redknapp, has now chimed in on the debate, urging Solskjaer to ditch the nice guy act and show a little more leadership.

In his column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp wrote: “United now have to bounce back, and what I want to see from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is some leadership.

“I get the sense that is what the club have been lacking lately. I’d like to see Solskjaer get tough in public when he is discussing his players — not to the same extent as Jose Mourinho, but just enough to let them know who is boss.”

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“Pogba had the courage”

Pogba came in for a lot of stick following his missed spot-kick in the 1-1 draw with Wolves last weekend, but Redknapp has lauded the much-maligned midfielder for showing the “courage” to step up to the plate.

He added: “I felt there was a big over-reaction to Paul Pogba’s missed penalty against Wolves last week. I shared dressing rooms with a lot of players who did not want to take penalties.

“Pogba had the courage to take one, and Rui Patricio produced a great save.

“At Old Trafford on Saturday, Marcus Rashford took one, hit the post and Manchester United lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace. It happens.”