“Agents and family members get into their heads and tell them they’re better than they are because they have a vested interest. It’s a disease of modern football,” Solskjaer said.
Former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed some Manchester United players think they are better than what they actually are.
The Norwegian coach, who also made a name for himself as an iconic impact substitute at the club, blamed agents and family members for creating “a disease of modern football” by inflating players’ egos.
Solskjaer’s offered his comments in an exclusive telephone interview with The Athletic
“ Some weren’t as good as their own perception of themselves. I won’t name names, but I was very disappointed when a couple turned down the chance to be captain,” Solskjaer said.
Solskjaer said some members of his squad were guilty of putting themselves before the club and expressed profound disappointment at the two players who rejected the chance to become captain.
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“I was also disappointed when others said they wouldn’t play or train because they wanted to force their way out.
“Some players felt they should’ve played more and weren’t constructive to the environment. That’s a huge sin for me. When I didn’t start games I wanted to prove to the manager he’d made the wrong decision.
“Now, a lot of players aren’t like that. Agents and family members get into their heads and tell them they’re better than they are because they have a vested interest. It’s a disease of modern football.”
“There was stuff in the media after I left about how I treated some players, which were complete lies, but I had a solid, honest relationship with most of them.”
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Solskjaer was sacked in November 2021 in the wake of a wretched 4-1 defeat at Watford, when he told his players at half-time he would probably lose his job.
His successor Ralf Rangnick was severely critical of the club he inherited, which culminated in him saying it needed “open heart surgery” to correct the underlying issues that were making the club take a step forward and two steps back.
“The club he [Rangnick] found in November 2021 was different from September 2021,” said Solskjaer, pointing to how quickly he felt things unravelled at Old Trafford in his final two months in charge.
“I told him when I gave my opinion on every player. Things had soured, the collective had been lost and that’s not Man United, where teams are built on the collective.”
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