Cristiano Ronaldo has tried to gather Manchester United’s locker rooms in their time of crisis.
Sources say that Ronaldo keeps the locker room together, and he has encouraged his teammates to support the besieged manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Ronaldo advised the United players not to lay down tools, no matter what they thought about Solskjær’s tactics, until a possible change of manager.
United have opposed firing Solskjær, primarily because they have no inheritance plan for the Norwegian, who will take charge of Tottenham on Saturday.
Senior figures at the club did not consider dismissing Solskjær ahead of Sunday’s seismic 5-0 beating of Liverpool, and some are ‘not keen’ on former Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte, who is open to replacing Solskjær.
A number of United players have lost faith in Solskjær. His choice has confused players since the start of the season when he started Daniel James against Wolves two days before being sold to Leeds United for £ 25 million.
Some players were amazed. Solskjær was named an unchanged team for Liverpool’s drone on Sunday, and Jesse Lingard’s lack of playing time has made the players mystified. Donny van de Beek’s training performance has impressed his teammates, but the 40 million pound midfielder has played five minutes in the Premier League all season.
United figures expressed delayed support for Solskjær on Tuesday afternoon – 48 hours after the Liverpool match – as he prepares to lead the club for the 165th time at Tottenham.
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United vice-president Ed Woodward said last month that he ‘had never been more confident’ of success under Solskjær, and CEO Richard Arnold stated that Solskjær ‘brought phenomenal success’ back in March. United are in seventh place in the Premier League after three defeats in their last four matches.
Woodward has only been involved in a handful of United matches over the past year, whereas Arnold has been an ever-present midfielder in the expectation that he will replace Woodward as vice-president. Woodward offered his resignation back in April following the collapse of the Super League, but United have not confirmed his departure date.