Man Utd players 'baffled' by coaching decision in wake of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacking

The Norwegian was dismissed from his post as Manchester United manager on Sunday morning after a series of disastrous displays scuppered the club’s hopes for the title

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A number of senior Manchester United players have been left baffled by the decision to place Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s backroom staff in charge of proceedings after he was sacked on Sunday.

A recent run of five defeats from the last seven league outings left Solskjaer’s position untenable as scrutiny from the United faithful only grew after each disappointing display.

Saturday’s humiliating 4-1 away defeat by newly-promoted Watford was the final straw for United’s hierarchy, who had seen enough and cut ties with the Norwegian the very next day.

As a result, one of Solskjaer’s assistants and fellow former United star Michael Carrick has been handed the reins, albeit temporarily, taking charge of Tuesday night’s Champions League group stage clash at Villarreal.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked as Manchester United boss on Sunday



However, ESPN report that many of the current crop of United stars have questioned the idea behind dismissing Solskjaer but keeping the rest of the team that worked so closely with the Norwegian.

Carrick, Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna will all remain at the club – sparking fears among the playing staff that on-pitch fortunes are unlikely to change anytime soon.

The same report states how the plan was to originally give the role of caretaker boss to Phelan, before that idea was scrapped due to fears over potential backlash from the Old Trafford faithful.

Carrick is a more popular figure among the fanbase due to his 12-year playing career at the club, and has already held his first press-conference in the role ahead of the trip to Spain later this week.

The 40-year-old has taken the opportunity to address the fans, explaining: “The biggest thing for fans is results. I could say all sorts of things about training and it would be the truth but honestly that doesn’t count for much.

“It’s about getting the right results and how we perform on the pitch. There is an expectancy at this club that doesn’t come with others.”

One thing is for certain – there is an undeniable lack of clarity from the top down at Man Utd that is likely to cause further concern to players who don’t know what the coming weeks will look like.

Carrick said as much, as he revealed: “I found out yesterday morning at the training ground [he would take charge as caretaker], didn’t know anything before then.

“I spoke to Ed, spoke to Ole. It was a bit of a rush to organise training and speak to players but it went really well all things considered.

Michael Carrick will take charge of Manchester United’s game against Villarreal on Tuesday night


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“Everyone dealt with it in a classy manner. It is just about me preparing for tomorrow as best as we can.”

Following their European commitments, Man Utd then have two successive league fixtures against fellow ‘big-six’ opposition.

The first presents a trip to Stamford Bridge to take on league-leaders Chelsea, before welcoming Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to Old Trafford in early December.

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