Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Bruno Fernandes

Solskjaer echoes Bruno's call to stay united

Friday 16 October 2020 10:41

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has echoed Bruno Fernandes’s call for the players to stay united amid wider criticism.

Earlier this week, the Portuguese midfielder accused journalists of ‘making trouble’ in the aftermath of the 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham in our last Premier League outing.

When asked by reporters how the squad had reacted to that reverse, Solskjaer insisted they would work together to move forward.

"Well, we’ve been in touch with the ones who have been away as well, of course,” Ole said.

“It is one of those things that you have to get over as soon as you can and move on.

“We know any little chance from outside, you want to create a division. 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 was front and centre of United’s impressive form towards the tail-end of the 2019/20 season, receiving plaudits for his influential performance.

The defeats to Spurs and Crystal Palace have been the first two the Portuguese has tasted in the league while at Old Trafford, and Solskjaer reminded his no.18 that this is all part and parcel of being at one of the world’s most-scrutinised clubs.

“Bruno has now lost two league games since he came to the club and he came in February," added Ole. “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.”

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Ole also addressed reports sparked by another of his midfielders' quotes while away on international duty, in the shape of Paul Pogba's future.

“You know, Paul is our player and he's going to be here for [at least] another two years,” added Solskjaer.

“I'm sure Paul is focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best of Paul so, in the next couple of years, I'm sure we'll get the best out of him.”

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