Manchester United players told they are not undroppable
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his Manchester United players nobody is undroppable and some are playing for their futures at the club.
Pressure is mounting on Solskjaer and Mauricio Pochettino still wants to manage United just nine months after he was overlooked in favour of the Norwegian.
Some of Solskjaer’s selections have become a bone of contention with some United supporters and critics; Andreas Pereira has started the last 11 league matches while Anthony Martial is without a league goal in his last four and was substituted against Sheffield United and Aston Villa. Martial walked down the tunnel following his withdrawal against Villa but did not appear injured.
Martial and Pereira were specifically mentioned to Solskjaer when it was suggested there was a perception some players were ‘undroppable’. “Players are never undroppable,” Solskjaer stressed.
“As I said here earlier on, players are also playing for their place in the long-term. We have a situation at the moment where we’ve had injuries, so players have played.
“I’m not talking about Andreas or Anthony or any one particular player, but I’ve been part of a squad where you’re never guaranteed a place in the team and that’s where we’re going to get to at this club as well.”
Martial, 24 this week, spent two months out with a hamstring injury but returned with three goals from four starts in October and has five goals this term – one fewer than at this stage last season.
Only five players have started more league matches than Pereira, who turns 24 next month. Both Martial and Pereira received new long-term contracts earlier this year.