Solskjaer and Rashford preview Atalanta clash
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Manchester United’s morale is at a new low under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid their patchy form, according to reports. The Red Devils have won just two of their last seven matches across all competitions. And, as a result, links to Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte have arisen.
Manchester United have been on a bad run of late.
Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to Leicester was a particularly chastening experience, with the Foxes running riot at the King Power Stadium.
And though United are adamant they’re behind Solskjaer, and want him to succeed, the Times say concerns have arisen within the club’s dressing room.
It’s claimed some players are worried about morale, which has apparently sunk to a ‘new low’ as the 48-year-old fights to turn things around.
And with the games coming thick and fast, that doesn’t bode well for the Norwegian.
United lock horns with Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
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They lost their opening match of the competition against Young Boys, but did survive a big scare to beat Villarreal last time out.
And, after that, United then face off with Liverpool in their Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.
Solskjaer is said to have kept players behind after the match against Leicester, holding an inquest into the horrendous display.
And both Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba offered apologies in the aftermath of the contest that leaves them five points off the top of the table.
With Solskjaer struggling, United have been linked with Zidane and Conte.
Zidane is available after leaving Real Madrid back in the summer, having failed to win the La Liga title.
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And Conte is also on the market, too.
The Italian steered Inter Milan to Serie A glory last term, ending Juventus’ dominance of the top flight in the process.
And whether United can lift the doom and gloom mood around the place against Atalanta on Wednesday remains to be seen.
Solskjaer is, however, confident his side will improve.
“Every team will go through a patchy period and we’re in one now,” the 48-year-old said ahead of the match.
“Poor form, we know that, we hold our hands up and we know we need to improve.
“Every team will go through that every year. We’ve gone through it and come through stronger.
“As I’ve said so many times, the coaching staff that we’ve got here are absolutely amazing. The attention to detail, the sessions they put on, the preparation that we have here.
“I don’t think I could ask for better staff. They’re good people, good Man United people and with one intention in mind and that’s to improve the team and help the players, help the team grow.
“Of course, we go through difficult times together and like Marcus said we’ve spoke as a group, as a team about what we need to do and hopefully the reaction will come tomorrow.”
Solskjaer also admitted United were working hard to cut out their mistakes.
“We look through the game, we analyse the game, we look at what we did well, what we didn’t do well, what we have to improve for the next game,” he added.
“But you move on quickly to the next opponent and this is Atalanta, which is a different opposition, a different competition.
“We focus on what we need to be good at in this game.
“As I’ve said, there’s been loads of stuff that hasn’t been good enough lately and we have to put a few things right and hopefully tomorrow we’ll see a result and a performance from that.”
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