Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he “had to tear the house down” so as to start a reconstruction job at Manchester United , with variety of key personnel changes created since his appointment as head coach.
Solskjaer has demolished the squad he inherited from Jose Mourinho brick by brick , whereas adding 5 new players to the squad over the course of 2 transfer windows.
The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini have all been stirred on, whereas Chris Smalling, Alexis Sanchez and Marcos Rojo are sent out on loan after being deemed surplus to requirements.
Daniel James, Aaron Wan Bissaka and Harry Maguire joined United last summer, as Solskjaer set regarding bringing in young, homegrown talent after six years of mediocrity post-Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure at old Trafford.
However, despite the wholesale changes made over the last year, United have endured an equivalent struggles over the course of the 2019-20 season.
The Red Devils have slipped to seventh within the Premier League standings after twenty five fixtures, with their possibilities of Champions League qualification seemingly to slide away unless the same streak will be discovered quickly after the winter break.
Solskjaer was able to add Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes to his ranks within the January window so as to spice up their top-four bid,together with ex-Watford striker Odion Ighalo , who has moved to old Trafford on loan from Shanghai Shenhua.
When asked to debate the moves he’s made within the transfer market, the Norwegian explained that he only desires players willing to “give everything” to United’s cause going forward.
“I’ve been asked to do this job,” he told reporters. “I assume the fans see what we’re attempting to do and it had to be done.
“As I’ve aforementioned last week, 3 weeks past, four weeks past, 5 weeks past – it is a reconstruct.
You had to tear the house down and you had to get players out that weren’t here in their minds.
“We’ve got players here currently who can go that additional yard, that culture i want to line, that’s the Man United culture.
“I recognize we’re not within the Sir Alex Ferguson era, however the players that we’ve got, they need the proper mentality and they are good personalities.
“That, for me, is the first tick. you don’t stay here if you do not give everything to this team.”
Fernandes was handed his debut in an exceedingly 0-0 draw against Wolves at old Trafford on Saturday, that only served to extend the pressure on Solskjaer.
The United head coach remains calling for patience, however, demand his current squad are capable of winning titles as they progress within the coming years.
“Of course, we are a different squad to the championship-winning squad that Sir Alex Ferguson had,” Solskjaer added .
“You cannot expect this group of players currently – they haven’t had that experience of winning and having that, however that may come in the next few years, definitely.
“That’s what we’re working for and that’s why those players are here, because I can see the man United character in them.”