Monday 20 May 2019

Richard Dunne: 'Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to offload 'Instagram players' in the summer'

Manchester United's Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United's Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Richard Dunne

Richard Dunne

I don’t think anyone really expected Manchester United to get past Barcelona in the Champions League, but what happened this week just underlines the size of the task ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the club.

I still think he is the right man for the job and I don’t think he will fear the decisions that he has to make. But he has to make some big calls. They can recoup some money by selling players in the summer but they will have to spend big – very big – to build a squad to get them close to where they want to be.

You’d be happy to keep their top four attacking players but outside of that, I don’t see anyone there who is holding down a position in the team, where you’d say they absolutely have to stay on.

Even David de Gea, I feel, is a distraction. Every six months there’s talk of a move or a new contract. That would be the same no matter what club he is at, and the distraction is not helping United.

Throughout the defence, across the midfield, you could more or less sell them all as they need players they can rely on. United need team players, not footballers who are what I call ‘Instagram players’, footballers who are only there to look for a move or their next sponsorship deal, players who want to be there and are willing to work as a team, not be a group of individuals looking for the limelight.

The great United sides were built around a team ethos and Solskjaer has to try and recreate that over the summer.

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