What Manchester United players told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when offered club captaincy

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks dejected after the match.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals a sad fact about his time at Manchester United as manager REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

Manchester United’s glory days increasingly look like the yesteryears in proper fashion.

The last decade or so has not been kind to the Red Devils and even the ownership changes that have been brought in by the INEOS acquisition have failed to change the issues caused by the club’s disastrous recent on-field antics.

The loss to Manchester City in the recent derby has put hopes of Champions League football into serious doubt at the club that once dominated it all. Moreover, the writing might be on the wall for Erik ten Hag whose players simply do not appear to be in the mood to cooperate.

This might be a recurrent issue for the Dutch gaffer but one that other figures in the role are all too familiar with.

Players refused Manchester United captaincy

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in an appearance on the Stick to Football podcast, has had some stark revelations.

The Haaland miss was certainly the one that will dominate the headline but perhaps the best insight into the dressing-room culture at Old Trafford can be captured by another comment by the former boss.

The Norwegian was crystal clear when stating: “No one said ‘No’ to being the club captain, it was just for certain games. They didn’t want to say it themselves, they had other people come up to me and say it. It was disappointing.”

Pretty shocking stuff from the player-turned-gaffer who is clearly reminiscing the days when being a captain genuinely meant something.

When quizzed further on what this told the supporters about the players, Solskjaer replied: “I don’t think of it being weak, they must be in a bad place to be shrinking from the responsibility.”

United are certainly in a bad place now and one does wonder if the bigger changes at the club will occur quick enough for some mitigation to take place.