Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged his players to ignore the trappings of life as a modern footballer, suggesting they be ‘proper boring’.
It is only 12 years since Solskjaer brought the curtain down on his own playing career, but its fair to say that the world has changed a lot during that time, with social media becoming a prominent part of modern life.
The likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard have been heavily criticised for their use social media over the last few years, and Manchester United boss Solskjaer has urged his players to focus on being a professional by living a ‘proper boring’ lifestyle.
“Sometimes it’s a boring life being a footballer,” Solskjaer said, according to The Telegraph.
“Sometimes you’re a footballer, so you can experience so many different things but it should be quite the contrary – when you’re a footballer you should be proper boring.
“You go to bed, you rest, you recover and you get ready for the next game. You can do all the other stuff after your career. That’s the culture we need to get to.
“We’re a big club, we’re doing commercial stuff, but in between games, from when you start in July to when you end in the middle of May or whenever, football should be your only thought.
“Then you have a summer holiday to do the other stuff. That’s the way I was – I was boring. Loads of my teammates were boring but that’s why we became successful.”
United face Brighton at Old Trafford later on today.