Friday 20 September 2019

'I value his opinion very highly' - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to Roy Keane's strong criticism of Man United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned that only players with the right attitude will stay at Manchester United next season after rivals Manchester City inflicted a seventh defeat in nine games. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned that only players with the right attitude will stay at Manchester United next season after rivals Manchester City inflicted a seventh defeat in nine games. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roy Keane didn't hold back in his criticism of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba on Wednesday night, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's response to his comments making for interesting reading.

Although there are increasingly strong rumours that Pogba and his high profile agent Mino Raiola will push for a move to Real Madrid this summer, United officials have consistently stated that their French World Cup winner is not for sale.

Yet after another ineffective display in the 2-0 defeat against Manchester City, Keane suggested Pogba was 'a big problem' for United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he suggested the midfielder was not a team player.

"He's a talent, but the real top players make their team-mates better and work for the team, but he doesn't do that," stated Keane on Sky Sports. "He plays for himself."

Criticism of that nature from TV pundits sparked angry reactions from Solskjaer's predecessors in the United hot-seat, with Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho quick to suggest the club's former players were not helping the current team with constant snipes in the media.

Yet Solskjaer had a very different approach, as he suggested Keane was entitled to his opinions and offered up warm words for his former United captain after it was put to him that the former Man United captain said that there are a number of 'bluffers' in the current side.

"With Roy, I've always had a great relationship with him and I value his opinion very highly," said Solskjaer. "We played together for many years and he's a Man United guy. He hurts just as much as anyone else connected with the club.

"We're so far behind City and it's my job that when we come back in pre-season that I have the right characters in and around the club because it should never be allowed.

"When you're at Man United, the highlight will be on you and you've got to make sure you come into work every single day with the effort like today. That's your duty.

"That's what you sign up for when you play for Man United. The expectations, the history. But we are where we are. Step by step, we need to make sure we're on the right track. We can't linger along for many years.

"You should be at 100 per-cent and it's my job to have a group and a squad and a team that will do that for us. That's my job."

After Solskjaer and Keane's former United team-mate suggested Pogba no longer wants to be at the club, it now seems increasingly likely that the path is being laid out for his summer move to Spain in a deal that could be worth as much as €140m, according to reports in the Spanish media.

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