ℹ️ Some inside updates from Mark Ogden (ESPN): • Sources have told ESPN that the rot set in under Solskjaer, who was regarded as indecisive, weak and lacking tactical acumen. The Norwegian had told players in preseason that he would introduce a 4-3-3 system which would enable the team to be more attack-minded, but as soon as the season started, he reverted to 4-2-3-1 and was then unable to find a way to accommodate Ronaldo properly following his arrival from Juventus. • There was also disbelief, according to sources, that Solskjaer had allowed Edinson Cavani to spend two weeks on holiday in Uruguay and delay his return for the start of the season simply because the former Paris Saint-Germain striker had endured a difficult year during lockdown at Old Trafford and wanted time with his family. • Cavani was keen to accept an offer from Barcelona at the end of the transfer window, but United refused to let him go and told the 35-year-old to fight for his place instead. Cavani was pissed off by that. It was difficult for him to adjust in Manchester - he couldn't believe that it got dark outside at 3 p.m. in the winter -- but he knew he wasn't going to play with Ronaldo and wanted to join Barca. • Sources have told ESPN that senior figures at United attempted to persuade Rashford to sideline his off-field commitments to focus on regaining his form and fitness, but the player instead chose to continue to combine both. • Despite the availability of Antonio Conte as an immediate successor to Solskjaer, Old Trafford hierarchy regarded him as being "too demanding of players to suit our squad." • One player admitted to teammates that he "had to Google" Ralf Rangnick. • Ronaldo had made it clear to the club that he would not stay at United if Rangnick was given the job on a permanent basis. • Several players had become angered by Rangnick's outspoken comments in news conferences and tensions within the squad began to grow. • There were then more angry exchanges at half-time during the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool in April due to Rangnick deciding to play with three at the back and giving Jones first start in three months.
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