Solskjaer provokes United players by cancelling end of season debrief

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According to reports, Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer canceled an end-of-season debrief after his side disgracefully lost 2 nil to Cardiff at Old Trafford on the last matchday of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

The Norwegian boss had intended for the meeting to be a platform where the just-concluded campaign would have been reviewed, whilst players who were set to exit the club would have had opportunities to say farewell to their colleagues.

However, Solskjaer went back on his plans and the meeting was scrapped after his sides dismal performance against a relegated Cardiff City.

The manager’s decision is said to have provoked some players who already had some personal arrangements in place. Therefore, the likes of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia did not have the chance to say goodbye to team-mates one last time.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer admitted his side’s recent struggles after his bright managerial start to life at Old Trafford. The poor run of form was worsened by the loss to Cardiff on the final day.

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Manchester United ended up in the sixth position, 32 points behind the Premier League Champions Manchester City, and will now have to make do with no UCL football next season.

He said: “We have been poor. We’ve more or less hit a brick wall towards the end of the season so that’s very disappointing.

“We were in with a shout (of the top four) but the last two games, of course, we’ve let ourselves down performance-wise.

“We should have won against two relegated teams (United drew 1-1 at Huddersfield last week) but that’s another reality check for everyone.

“This league is a tough one, no matter who you play, and it’s a long season and towards the end we’ve performed under par.

“The big plus is the season’s over so we put a big line over it and look forward. We know we are too far behind where we want to be, that’s the 98 and 97 points – that’s exceptional from the two teams (City and Liverpool ).

“We are five or six points behind third, fourth and fifth, that’s realistically who we need to challenge for next year.

“The players have been going through a tough period, good players who towards the end of the season are fatigued mentally and physically.”

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