Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says ‘I’d rather have a hole in the squad than an a***hole’ as he sends warning to Manch

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his Manchester United players that big egos and ‘personal agendas’ will not be tolerated at the club, saying: ‘I’d rather have a hole in the squad than an ahole’. The Red Devils boss has revealed in an interview with a United fanzine that the club was plagued with players with ‘personal agendas’ when he took over as boss in December 2018. Getty Images Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not mince his words in a recent interview with a Man United fan publication While not naming any names, the Norwegian acted quickly to change the culture at the club by first selling unsettled duo Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in last summer’s transfer window. There has also been huge talk about Paul Pogba’s uncertain future at Old Trafford, with constant suggestions he is a disruptive influence in the United dressing room. The player and his agent, Mino Raiola, have also showed they are not adverse to talking up a potential exit from the Premier League giants, with the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid reportedly keen. Solskjaer, though, has insisted he does not have ‘one bad apple’ in his current Manchester United team. getty Paul Pogba has spent the majority of this season on the sidelines, but that hasn’t stopped his name dominating the headlines, and not always for the right reasons Danny Murphy thinks Bruno Fernandes’ impact at Man United could pave the way for Paul Pogba’s exit However, he did imply that was not the case when he first returned to Old Trafford as head coach. In a candid interview with the United We Stand fanzine, the United boss said: “I’d rather have a hole in the squad than an ahole. Personality is so important. We’re a team in a team environment. “You want players to have a bit of ego and edge but they have to be able to adapt. “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. “There will always be players who want to play more in football, but if a team is to be successful then players have to be available at different times. “I feel in this group we don’t have one bad apple.” Getty Images – Getty Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is really happy with the make-up of his current Manchester United team Last summer saw Solskjaer make further wholesale changes to his squad, by offloading 19 under-performing players. Lukaku was sold to Inter Milan for £60m, with Sanchez joining him on loan, while Chris Smalling was sent on loan to Roma and Matteo Darmian was sold to Parma for £2m. Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera left on free transfers, former captain Ashley Young later joined Lukaku and Sanchez at Inter in January, and Marcos Rojo also returned to his native Agentina with Estudiantes. Solskjaer’s signings, meanwhile, have been big successes at Old Trafford. Record £80million centre-back Harry Maguire has been given the captain’s armband, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been widely praised as one of the country’s best young defenders, young Welshman Daniel James has shown great potential and Bruno Fernandes has quickly transformed United’s midfield since his arrival in January. And Solskjaer is confident United are now back on track, with the right players and right team ethic, following the club’s rocky patch of results last season following their surprise Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain, which saw the side end the 2018/19 season with five defeats in nine games, including losing at home to relegated Cardiff on the final day. Danny Murphy sees Marcus Rashford as a future Manchester United captain “When you win, everything is easy,” said the boss. “It’s when you hit difficult times that you can see who you want and who has the right mentality. “We didn’t see that until after Paris, when we went into a bad run. “I could see more and more at the end of the season what needed improving. “That’s when I saw who I could build a long-term, successful squad around. You need some egos in football, but it has to be team first.”,

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