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Man United boss Solskjaer defends players amidst COVID-19 backlash

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks out against the unfair treatment of players

According to Sky Sports, Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come to the defense of players who have come under fire following the COVID-19 crisis.

Footballer players are some of the highest earners in the country and have become easy targets at this time. Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock did not help matters when he said Premier League players must “play their part” and take a pay cut so that the club’s non-playing staff are not furloughed. (h/t MEN)

Solskjaer believes it is unfair to call out footballers who have been actively looking for ways to help the NHS workers at the frontline.

” I know players do a great amount of work in the community. Discussions are taking place between players and clubs, what kind of contribution they’ll make. It’s not easy for anyone, and to be called out is not fair for me.”

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He also took the opportunity to thank the frontline workers for their efforts in keeping us safe.

“The real heroes are the workers in the frontline, I think everyone appreciates and really admires that they’re doing.”

Selective memory!

It is worth remembering that captains of Premier League clubs are said to have already started discussions over how players can help during the UK’s lockdown phase before Hancock spoke out.

Solskjaer thinks footballers are something of an “easy target” and insists players need time to come to an agreement over the best way forward.

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Club captains have been involved in discussions regarding the response

The United boss went on to admit that mistakes are being made by a number of people but that it also gives us a chance to learn. He stated that everyone wants to help the NHS and communities and clubs should be allowed do what they believe is right.

The Norwegian has urged people to follow the government’s guidelines and has insisted that people are inherently good.

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Solskjaer has been a hero on the pitch for United. His comments are hard-hitting and true in every sense of the word. What the world needs today are not heroes on the pitch but those off it. The players realize that and have been doing their best to help.

Ridiculing them without acknowledging their contribution is a cruel thing to do.