Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has underlined his ambition to be successful at Manchester United and revealed some members of his side could be cast aside in pursuit of re-establishing the club as contenders on domestic and European fronts.
For the time being, their 4-0 loss to Everton was United’s sixth defeat in their last eight matches as goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott handed the Toffees a convincing and deserved win.
Asked whether his players were hurting after a heavy loss, which keeps them sixth in the Premier League, Solskjaer responded: “I don’t know.
“You have got to ask them. I have asked them, you’re not going to get the answer from me.”
However, he has demanded an improvement in their effort levels, harking back to his own playing days under Sir Alex Ferguson,
The Norwegian added: “If you want to play at this club, it has to mean more. I want my team to be the hardest working team in the league, that is what we were under Sir Alex, that’s what we’ve always been.
“No matter how much talent you have got, you run more than anyone. We know our fitness is nowhere near good enough.
“But we have to stick together as a team. You can’t change your whole squad. One step at a time. I am going to be successful here and there are players who won’t be part of that successful team but many of these do have it.”