Manchester United boss, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer, has admitted he borrows a leaf from Sir Alex Ferguson, when dealing with some of his benched players.
According to the Norwegian, whenever he has to speak to a player who’s been benched he usually tells them they’ll be important to the team in the next game— just to ensure they’re happy and feel useful, like his former boss did.
He told United’s official website, “Well of course I’ve probably been on the end of that more than anyone about being on the bench!
“Of course the gaffer was fantastic when you sat down for the one-to-one chats with him. I remember many of them.
“Some reasons and excuses I didn’t particularly agree with but he was fantastic at making you feel involved and that’s the part with us too; everyone is going to be important, be it from the first minute, the last minute, this game, the next game.
“We’ve got a week now, well six days, Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday with three massive games before the international break and everyone knows that they’ll be called upon.”
Solskjaer recently employed this style himself, when he publicly declared that Donny van de Beek was a very important part of his team, after benching him in back to back matches.
However, the former Liverpool player, Graeme Souness, has criticised Manchester United’s recruitment process, following their poor start to the season.