Solskjaer Admits Some United Players Need A ‘Reality Check’; Singles Out Martial

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lashed out at the underperforming Manchester United players, admitting that they need a “reality check”.

It is fairly evident that the current Red Devils’ squad is nowhere near as good as their decorated rosters of the past, and their recent hammering at the hands of Barcelona provided further proof of that.

While some players look unbothered and unmotivated to give their all on the pitch, others are simply not good enough in terms of their abilities to represent the Mancunian giants.

Solskjaer highlighted that very fact during his pre-match post conference ahead of the Everton game, whilst also stating that there is simply no hiding place for the players that fail to perform.

“I’ve learned a lot about them over the months I’ve been here now,” said Ole (via Guardian). “You get to know them; most of them have really impressed me in their attitude and there are some that need to get a reality check on where they’re at.

“When you’re out there, there is no hiding place, you can’t hide and everyone can see where your levels are at. We’re also working on training here with a fantastic staff. I’ve got to create this culture that we want.

“You’ve got players to take ownership of what’s happening here as well. But of course it’s the performances on the pitch which will determine where they’re at in their careers. But most of them know they can improve if they keep working as they do.”

The Norwegian gaffer then singled out Anthony Martial who, despite his enormous talent, has been extremely underwhelming in recent games.

“I’ve spoken to individuals and they know, and Anthony’s one of them,” Solskjaer added. “I’ve spoken to all of them individually what we expect from them.

“Anthony’s got a massive talent, he’s signed a new contract, he knows that we believe in him so just keep on working. I think anyone that plays for Manchester United has to deliver to stay in the squad and stay in the team.”