Sanchez slams 'false' claims of Mourinho sack bet

Posted December 22, 2018

"Normally we train at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. but we have to train at 5 p.m., [so the players can] stay later for one hour with the people at home, but we have to train before an official game".

The 45-year-old is due to speak to reporters at the club's Carrington training headquarters at 8.30am ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Cardiff, the club he managed for nine months in 2014. United could also move for Douglas Costa of Juventus (h/t Mirror), with the Brazilian struggling for starts at the Serie A club.

After being appointed, Solskjaer said: "Manchester United is in my heart and it's brilliant to be coming back in this role. Once in a while, you really have to tell them the standards we've got".

While public condemnation of his players is unlikely, former team-mates have said the forward, who scored United's injury-time victor in the 1999 Champions League final, was never afraid to deliver sharp words during his playing days if he felt standards were slipping.

Solskjaer, who as a player was part of United's era of dominance under Alex Ferguson and scored the goal that secured an unprecedented treble nearly 20 years ago, wants to return a feel-good factor to their under-performing squad.

"We've spoken about what we expect, what standards we have on and off the pitch", said Solskjaer, who is 16th on the club's all-time goalscorers list with 126. "I've had some time with the staff, but of course the game tomorrow is the first big decision to make - pick the team".

Known for a beaming smile and a tender nature, the Norwegian returned to the club this week amid claims he will be too soft on United's pampered first-team squad. But more than that, they want the new manager to come in next summer to find the dressing room a united, happy place. He wants his current set of players to feel the same comfort.

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"[Paul] is a World Cup victor". It's over. That's the way I've always been.

"He hasn't changed personality-wise".

"So you treat players similar to how you treat your kids really because you want the best for them, you want to guide them, your want to help them, but if I get disappointed? Rojo you owe me £20k". "He's no different to anyone else in that respect".

In truth, Solskjaer will need to be every bit as tough on Pogba as was Mourinho.

"People might say I'm a bit old school, but I don't call it "old school", I call it "good school", he continued.

The Norwegian still refers to Ferguson as "the gaffer" and has spoken to the Scot a few times this week.