Anthony Martial and Juan Mata amongst several Manchester United stars unhappy with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the treatment of fringe stars
According to ESPN journalist, Rob Dawson, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata are amongst a group of Manchester United fringe stars that are unhappy with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over their lack of playing time.
It is no secret that the Norwegian is out of his depth this season. The Red Devils signed the biggest names in world football, but Solskjaer has not been able to manage them. He often uses the same team and rarely tries to approach the game differently.
This has led him to mismanage some of his fringe stars. Man City and Chelsea have deep squads like United, but Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel have used their players well. There has been sufficient distribution of minutes, something that Solskjaer is guilty of not doing.
A herd of players, including Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Dean Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot, and Eric Bailly, are unhappy with their playing time this season.
In fact, the 48-year-old has also accepted that he has ‘overplayed’ some of his key players. The aforementioned group of fringe players were promised the prospect of playing but felt they have been misled now.
Martial has been restricted to two league starts while Bailly made his first appearance against Man City before the break. Mata, Henderson, Dalot are yet to earn league starts and were restricted to the EFL Cup.
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Lingard and Van de Beek have been used as substitutes despite performing when called upon. The duo is now looking to seal transfers in the January window.
The results have been poor, and fringe stars are still not being given a chance. There seems to be a clear bias at hand, and if Solskjaer wishes to keep his out-of-favour stars at the club, he needs to put them on the pitch as soon as possible.