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Manchester United players and staff have been left baffled after manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flew back to Norway with his family on Monday.
With the vast majority of United’s squad off on international duty, Solskjaer decided to afford the remaining players and staff a week off, before jetting off to his homeland with his family.
It was a decision which has appeared to raise many eyebrows at Old Trafford considering the disastrous spell United are currently experiencing.
The 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City was their sixth loss in 12 matches, and their third defeat at Old Trafford in as many games.
Reports from the Daily Mail claim the remaining players and staff at Carrington were left bemused by Solskjaer’s ‘unexpected’ flight.
Summer signing Raphael Varane arrived into United headquarters for extra treatment to a hamstring injury which has kept him out of action.
And Marcus Rashford is also believed to be in training after pulling out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Most interestingly though, Solskjaer and his players have not been seen together since their limp defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side.
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Instead, the former Cardiff City manager was pictured at Manchester Airport with his family, before hopping on a flight to his hometown Kristiansund.
Solskjaer’s tenability was once again called into question after the loss to their City rivals.
While the 2-0 scoreline was considerably less humiliating than their horrific 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool; the way the Citizens toyed with the Reds has left many former United stars and pundits believing the loss was no less painful.
But despite the recent form and the mounting pressure on Solskjaer, club sources have indicated his position as United manager is safe.
He is expected to be in the dugout for United’s next match away to Watford when Premier League football returns after the international break.
The trip to Claudio Ranieri’s side will be the first of three ominous away matches for United.
After the contest at Vicarage Road, the Reds will travel to Spain to face Villarreal in a crucial Champions League group match, before a trip into the capital to face League leaders Chelsea.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Manchester United FC
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