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Solskjaer opens up about modern players need to be treated differently

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar agrees that modern players need to be treated and managed differently then during his time as a player.

Much has been made in recent times of how younger players no longer respond to the abrasive and authoritarian management style that was commonplace in football for many years. And while Solskjaer admits the younger generation do need to be dealt with differently, the 45-year-old doesn’t necessarily think that it’s a bad thing.

Solskjaer reckons that the society young people grow up in these days is simply different from the one he experienced, but he feels that once players maintain the correct values of teamwork and striving to improve themselves, it’s not an issue.

“I think so. Times are changing,” Solksjaer told the media ahead of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Brighton.

“I’m old enough to have worked with older players than me and older managers, so I know that type of player and that type of management school.

“But I’m young enough and I’ve got kids, I’ve got an 18-year-old myself, and I’ve worked with young players back home. It is a different era.

“Those values, beliefs and principles don’t change.”

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Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho recently gave an interview in which he bemoaned the increase in player power at Old Trafford, but Solskjaer doesn’t really agree that modern are much more powerful that they were in his day.

“I wouldn’t say (modern players are) more powerful, but it’s different with social media and the society they grow up in compared with what I did,” he continued.

“I sound really old now, but it is such a different era. Now everything is on Facebook or Twitter or whatever it is straight away.

“It’s not malicious, it’s just the reality we live in. They still have to have the values of a team and know that you have to improve.

“No one deserves to be in a better team than what they give, if you know what I mean.

“If they want to help the team, they deserve to be here. If they don’t want to help the team, then they don’t deserve to be here.”

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