Solskjaer tipped to finally put loyalty aside and move on from five underperforming Man United stars in January

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In the grand scheme of things you have to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done good things from Man United, but there are some interesting parallels with Frank Lampard at Chelsea.

Both managers appeared to thrive when they had to rescue a club in crisis, while expectations were low and all they really needed was some positivity to rally around, but as soon as big signings were made and expectations were raised it appears Solskjaer has been found out.

It’s not clear if he simply doesn’t know how to put together a game plan or if he’s unable to balance his team, but the world-class names on paper don’t usually translate into dominant performances as they continue to struggle in attack and they are porous at the back.

Solskjaer also deserves criticism for sticking by players who simply aren’t good enough for a team with title ambitions, and a report from the Sun has indicated that five could be forced out in January.

Anthony Martial has been out of form for months and has fallen down the pecking order, while it also sounds like the Donny van de Beek experiment could be over as they’re willing to accept defeat with him and let him go.

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In defence Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof will be allowed to leave if a buyer comes in, while Jesse Lingard hasn’t nailed down a regular starting role since his return from West Ham, so he could be allowed to go to Newcastle.

Letting those five go does make sense when you consider they aren’t contributing too much to the team, but it’s only half the story as it’s rare that clubs will give up star players in January so finding new faces could be tough.

They desperately need a solid holding midfielder who can effectively protect the defence and actually provide some balance to this team, as it’s been proven that a combination of Fred/Matic/McTominay simply isn’t going to work on a consistent basis.

Finding buyers for the five players could also be tough so loan moves may be the most likely option here, but it will be interesting to see who comes and goes and if Solskjaer can finally find a formula that works.

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  1. what a bullcrap statement..Donny not contributing to much? how would u expect a player like Donny’s caliber to contribute if he is being played sparingly, played out of position, and obviously not getting any tactical sense from their clue less manager..Those 4 players you mentioned should really go..But letting Donny go will be a big mistake..Look at Jadon, same situation like Donny..poor lads..

  2. At a guess, Donny van de Beek was not the player Ole wanted and he has therefore not picked him. Fernandes is not performing that well, probably having been over played, and van de Beek should be given a run of games to see if he is what United need. Lingard wont sign a contract renewal, because he wants a guarantee of minutes. so he will need to be sold come January.

    Jones, Lindelof, Martial, Fred and Matic should all be sent packing.

    There is also the Pogba problem – his toxic agent touting him all around Europe, whilst the player wont commit to his contract. He should be made to attend Carrington every day, but not allowed to train. Not played and then he will miss next Summers World Cup. That may hit him where it should, as money is obviously not what he wants (£400,000 a WEEK – most wont earn that in 10 YEARS)

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