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Man United players can no longer ‘fake it’


#Manchester #United boss #Ole #Gunnar #Solskjaer has told his players they will no longer be able to “fake it” as he laid out his plan for the new year.

#Solskjaer has led #United to second in the #Premier #League table, three points behind leaders #Liverpool with a game in hand, after a run of nine games unbeaten.

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#Heading into 2021, they are still in with a chance of lifting four trophies, and #Solskjaer has suggested any player lacking commitment will find themselves out in the cold, regardless of their name or price tag.

“#We have competition for places, which means you cannot go around and think you can just fake your way being part of this team,” #Solskjaer said. “#You only deserve to be in a team that you contribute to.

“I think everyone has realised they are privileged to be part of #Man #United, such a fantastic club with a fantastic history. #When you’re here, enjoy it as much as you can, and maybe you’ll experience some fantastic times.

“#You’ve got winners like #Juan #Mata and #Nemanja #Matic. They don’t play every single game, but they are so influential in the group and the buildup to games and during games when they’re not playing.”

#Solskjaer has used 20 different players to navigate the gruelling #Christmas fixture list, and the #Norwegian is set to make more changes for fifth-placed #Aston #Villa’s trip to #Old #Trafford on #Friday.

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“#We have a strong squad and have rotated a lot,” #Solskjaer said. “#We’ve not really called it a settled XI because I don’t think this season is going to be about that anyway.

“#It’s going to be about the squad. #It’s going to be about the 25 players. #Players will have to be angry with me until the next time they play because, believe you me, they’re not happy when I tell them they’re starting on the bench. I think towards the end of the season, that will help us.”

The match with #Villa will see #Solskjaer come up against a player he has been keen to bring to the club in #Jack #Grealish. The #England international has registered five goals and six assists already this season and was in top form the last time he played at #Old #Trafford, scoring a wonder goal in a 2-2 draw a year ago.

“#He’s a player for #Aston #Villa and #England who has only improved,” #Solskjaer added. “I don’t want to say too much about other teams’ players, but of course he’s a player we know we have to look for.

“The goal he scored last season was a brilliant goal, and we’ve faced him enough times to know it’s going to be a difficult game.”

#Meanwhile, the #Premier #League announced #United will play their rescheduled match away at #Burnley from the opening weekend on #Jan. 12.

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#Solskjaer’s side were unable to participate on the opening weekend in #September due to their participation in the knockout stages of last season’s #Europa #League, which ended only in #August due to the COVID-19 hiatus.

The trip to #Turf #Moor is #United’s last #Premier #League fixture before the trip to #Anfield to face #Liverpool on #Jan. 17.



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