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Solskjaer warns Manchester United squad: ‘We cannot carry players’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has fired a warning to his misfiring Manchester United squad that the club is not willing to carry passengers.

After taking over at Old Trafford in December, the Norwegian steered the Red Devils on a remarkable resurgent run towards the top four.

However, since his spell in charge was made permanent last month, Manchester United’s form has drastically faltered, winning just two of their last seven games, losing the other five, with criticisms about of a number of players within the squad returning.

One player who has failed to impress during his 18 months at Old Trafford is Alexis Sanchez, and when asked about the Chilean, Solskjaer sent a simple message out to his entire squad.

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“As a club we cannot carry players,” he told the Telegraph.

“Everyone has to take ownership, keep improving, show that hunger that you want to get better individually and as a team.

“I’m not just talking about Alexis (Sanchez). Everyone is under the same demands. But if we are talking about Alexis, he hasn’t been lucky with injuries.

“Since I came in, he’s had two long-term injuries and that hasn’t been beneficial to him. Some other players have had injuries as well. But I see the characters we have. I am looking at who we should keep, who we should move on.

“Alexis has got a fantastic talent when he’s at his best level. Now we want him performing for us.”

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