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Man Utd Stars Arrive For Training Manager Under Fire After Arsenal Loss

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United were beaten convincingly at the hands of Arsenal on Wednesday to miss an opportunity to gain ground on the top four, as the loss and Paul Pogba’s absence added further pressure to boss Solskjaer.

Manchester United players were given an extra hour in bed to sleep off their damning defeat to Arsenal on New Year’s Day.

The Red Devils got their 2020 off to a disappointing start as they were outplayed at the Emirates in a match that raises serious questions about boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s credentials.

Arsenal were only into their third match of new boss Mikel Arteta’s reign, but looked very much an established side rather than one in transition, while United were out of sorts.

Solskjaer and his men travelled back from London following the Premier League clash, and assembled at the club’s Carrington training base for the slightly later time of 11am on Thursday.

There were plenty of glum facial expressions as the first-team stars rolled into the complex ready to pick apart their 2-0 loss to the Gunners.

Solskjaer came under immediate fire after the match, which saw his side miss the opportunity to close the gap on the top four.

Former Man Utd striker Robin van Persie was in the BT Sport studio for the clash, and was angered by Solskjaer’s upbeat demeanour in his post-match interview.

“When I listen to Ole, he sounds like a really nice guy,” van Persie said on BT Sport. “I would like to see him a bit more mean at times, just be angry.

“I see him smiling now after a game like that. This isn't the moment to smile.”

United fell behind as early as the eighth minute, and never really recovered as they were put to the sword by an Arsenal side brimming with confidence under new boss Arteta.

The manner of the performance was a striking blow to Solskjaer, who's also facing a dilemma with star man Paul Pogba.

The French midfielder was again absent for the Premier League fixture with the Gunners, with Solskjaer admitting Pogba could now face another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

“He’s injured, he’s feeling some discomfort in his ankle. He’ll be out for a few weeks definitely,” Solskjaer said ahead of the clash.

“It is the same ankle he has struggled with for a while and he will be out for a while.”

Speaking afterwards, he added: “He’s been advised to have an operation by his people and he’ll probably do that.”

Solskjaer’s reference to “his people” could be perceived as a sly dig at Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola, who's keen for his client to leave Old Trafford.

Ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand urged Pogba to “shut down” Raiola, and set the record straight once and for all.

“I think he is injured and Ole is reacting to what's going on around him,” Ferdinand said.

“I would tell him to speak out, your voice will be heard the loudest. Shut your agent down, you speak and add some clarity to the situation.

“That way your teammates, your manager and the fans know where you are out.”

Adding of his former club’s defeat to Arsenal, he said: “I watched them here last season and I thought they had a structure. But I didn’t see any patterns or ideas today.

“They [the players] want to do well and are desperate to do well for Manchester United but it's not happening.”

Before adding of Solskjaer: “He was cutting as a player, some of the things he'd say, and I'm sure he can be as a manager.”

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