Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has let his players know that they need to stop being so unbelievably unfit if they are to be less abominably bad than they were last season.
United players were notably off the pace for much of the season under Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer, and fell away in the last 10 games of the season, with it unclear if they jacked it in because they weren’t up to it physically, mentally, or both.
However there have been reports of complaints over the rigorous pre-season training that the Norwegian has put them through. Luke Shaw, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial have seen their fitness and commitment questioned for much of their Old Trafford careers.
There are only three weeks left of the transfer window left, and with the incompetent Ed Woodward in charge of transfers, there is a strong chance that Solskjaer will be making use of many of the same players as last season, so he is working them into semi-decent shape assuming he is stuck with the ham-footed galloots.
“The transfer window will close when the league starts and the start of the season is important,” said Solskjaer.
“We’ve worked them hard. I don’t think many players have had a pre-season like this before.
“In the first eight to 10 games you can lose the chance to win games, so the first two months are vital.
“I’m looking to get all the players back to the form when I came in and we went on a run of 11 or 12 games without losing.
“Everyone has been spot-on this season. When they’re out on the pitch I can’t fault anyone and they’ve been more proactive in meetings.”