After having started impressively under the then interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United have spiralled down spectacularly in recent weeks.
The results have been embarrassing as well as damaging in terms of their overall campaign, as the Reds are already out of the FA Cup and the Champions League, whilst also very unlikely to finish inside the Premier League top four.
To make matters worse, Solskjaer has admitted that many players from the current squad lack the quality to play for Manchester United, and that they shall be cleared out in the summer and replaced by apt reinforcements.
As if all these issues weren’t enough, the Norwegian now has brand new dilemmas at his hand – those concerning squad chemistry, and the attitude of his favourite young forward.
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Writing for The Independent, journalist Miguel Delaney provided some inside information from the Old Trafford club. Starting with the players most likely to depart come summer, he revealed: “There is the issue that the Spanish speaking players.
“A hugely influential dressing-room group comprised of Ander Herrera, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, David De Gea is set to be broken up. This has naturally altered the chemistry of the squad.
“A deeper issue – and fundamental challenge – is that the contracts of players United want to get rid of makes them very difficult to offload, while so many players they want to keep are looking elsewhere.
“Paul Pogba is now said by some to be ‘very keen to leave’ for Real Madrid, De Gea is not getting the wage he wants, while Marcus Rashford would naturally greatly consider any concrete offer from Barcelona.”
Then speaking about Rashford in particular, Delaney went on to add: “One teammate has complained to friends about how Rashford is not quite the humble figure he used to be.”
This update matches the recent reports claiming that Solskjaer himself has been left baffled by the huge change that has occurred in the 21-year-old’s attitude of late, which has been fully evident from the United number 10’s vexing behaviour towards his teammates on the pitch.
Has the recent rise in the pecking order and the subsequent success gone to the Englishman’s head?