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‘Who is the real boss?’ Peter Schmeichel reveals doubts over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a much-needed win over Atalanta in midweek (Picture: Getty)

Peter Schmeichel has questioned who ‘the real boss is’ at Manchester United and is concerned that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s authority is being undermined by members of his coaching staff.

United averted a fully-blown crisis in midweek, coming from two goals down to complete a rousing second-half comeback against Atalanta which propelled Solskjaer’s side to the top of their Champions League group.

The victory came just three days after a chaotic performance at Leicester where Schmeichel’s old side were comprehensively beaten, forcing Solskjaer to contend yet again with questions over his ability to get the best out his expensively assembled squad.

Schmeichel concedes Solskjaer’s rebuilding job is still hindered by the presence of players who don’t deserve to represent a club of United’s stature, but is worried his old teammate is not the only one calling the shots behind the scenes on the evidence of the Norwegian’s pre-game interviews.

‘It’s one of Ole’s problems, he is still cleaning up,’ Schmeichel told The Times. Players who shouldn’t be there on long contracts and high wages.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal rescued Manchester United against Atalanta in midweek (Picture: Getty)

‘Sometimes you wonder who is doing what with Ole and the coaches. Who is the real boss? Who decides?

‘When he is interviewed pre-match, he says: ‘We put this team out, we decided.’ I think: ‘You are the boss.’

The treble-winning goalkeeper has, however, spotted signs of progress, particularly in defence where the likes of Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw are emerging as top class players in their positions.

‘Ole wants to play with a degree of risk so you need to have defenders who are capable of playing one against one,’ he added.

‘Maguire is becoming that. I know he may have come back a little early from that injury but forget the last couple of games. He is developing into a really strong leader, like Steve Bruce in my time.

‘Other managers tried (with Luke Shaw). Mourinho gave him opportunities then told him he was fat. Ole has him playing as one of the best left backs in the country.’


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