Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threatened to ‘sell half the Manchester United squad’ after Cardiff loss

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has experienced the highs and lows of managing Manchester United after only five months in the job.

The Red Devils enjoyed a brief lift when the Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho in December, winning ten and losing one of his first 12 matches at the helm.

His first hiccup came in the form of a 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford, leaving their hopes of progressing to Champions League quarter-finals in serious doubt.

But such was the inspiration Solskjaer had restored to the dressing room, United turned the tide away from home and booked their place in the last eight.

Even though they went on to suffer defeats in their next two outings, the red half of Manchester had every reason to feel optimistic.

The club hierarchy certainly did - so much so they saw fit to hand Solskjaer a three-year contract.

But to the surprise of many, his full-time appointment coincided with a dramatic downturn in form that would stretch until the final day of the season.

United rounded out the campaign with just two victories in 12 attempts, culminating in a harrowing 2-0 defeat to Cardiff last Sunday.

Under both Solskjaer and Mourinho, performances like that were all too common throughout the season - which is exactly why the current boss ripped into his squad after the final whistle.

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The Sun claims Solskjaer told his players he was prepared to sell half of them because of their attitude.

He also reminded them that failing to secure a place in the top four meant they now need Manchester City to beat Watford in the FA Cup final.

If the Hornets win, United will be forced to drop into the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

Such a situation was unthinkable at the height of the resurgence Solskjaer trigged upon his return to Manchester.

However, now the atmosphere at the club is understood to be even worse than it was during the lead-up to Mourinho’s exit.

If morale really has degraded to that extent, United fans better prepare for another nine months of turbulence come May.

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