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Solskjaer: I’d rather have a hole in my team than an a**hole

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warns players’ personal agendas will not be tolerated under him while emphasizing the value of positive team environment.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been determined to bring a change in the culture at Manchester United ever since taking over the reins from Jose Mourinho back in 2018.

With the plan to rebuild the squad by offloading players with questionable attitudes, Solskjaer dumped Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Marcos Rojo, and Chris Smalling.

Initially, much criticism came his way for leaving Man United thin on the attacking front. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial taking up the mantle and Mason Greenwood’s rise, however, silenced the critics. The addition of Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo later further worked in support of his decisions.

While highlighting the standards he demands from his players, the Norwegian insists only dedicated players are welcome in his squad.

“I’d rather have a hole in the squad than an asshole. We’re a team in a team environment,” Solskjaer told United We Stand [via Daily Mail]

“In March 2019, players were physically tired, mentally tired and we had injuries. The players started with negative thinking, whereas now it’s positive thinking.

“There were other things I didn’t like last year, some personal agendas which couldn’t be sorted out until the summer. I feel in this group we don’t have one bad apple.”