Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could probably navigate a media interview with his eyes closed this season, he's done so many of them. The Norwegian must go to bed reeling off answers and platitudes to broadcasters, radio and written journalists.

Aside from international breaks Manchester United have played twice a week every week since they first kicked a ball this season, in mid-September. That's 24 successive midweek games and an endless cycle of questions for Solskjaer to answer. It's all part of the territory for a manager to answer questions about their team and players, about the cycle of results, about tactics and transfers and contracts.

But what they do not expect is to have to answer for their absentee owners and executives. The shameless charlatans who have thrust a European Super League on them and then gone to ground as soon as the press release has landed.

Solskjaer had a brief taste of this on Sunday, with the ESL proposals breaking during United's 3-1 win against Burnley. But at that point nothing was official and as a result there was little Solskjaer could say as he got to grips with what may or may not be about to happen.

But come 11.10pm on Sunday night that privilege had been ripped away from the managers and players of the big six. The genie is out of the bottle and as the public faces of their football clubs, it is Solskjaer, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Mikel Arteta and, now, Ryan Mason who must be front up and explain the actions of their greedy owners.

All of them should be directing their fury at their paymasters, at least privately, for the way they've been treated and hung out to try, put in a position where they must either go close to denouncing the people who employ them or back a concept they must all deplore.

After Jurgen Klopp and James Milner spoke before and after Liverpool's draw at Leeds last night - the latter much more forthrightly than the former - there was more anger that they were being put on the spot while John Henry and FSG remained cocooned away in their ivory tower.

That's a feeling that will be spread amongst the other big six clubs as the week goes on, but it is the good fortune of Joel Glazer and Ed Woodward that for once this season the fixture list has been kind of them. While Liverpool played last night and City play tonight, Tottenham are in action on Wednesday and Arsenal on Friday, so Arteta will hold his press conference on Thursday.

By the time Solskjaer sits down to face the written media on Friday, every other manager of a big six club will have gone before him and set the tone. At that stage a player from every club except Arsenal will have been interviewed by broadcasters at least and if Milner's honest appraisal is anything to go by, they could set an even stronger tone.

If they do then the opprobrium directed at the gutless and greedy owners will only escalate. They should be doing the talking, not the managers and players.

The silence remains deafening two days on from the ESL bombshell, but United still have no plans to put anyone in a senior position up to speak on the record about why they've signed the football club up to a closed shop league proposal that is deplored by their supporters.

There is still time for that to change before they send Solskjaer out like a lamb to the slaughter on Friday. He really does deserve better. Glazer and Woodward have the fortune of time on their side this week, to see which way the wind is blowing as managers and players balance their likely desire to speak out with the risks to their own employment.

When it comes to Solskjaer's turn on Friday, and when a United player is interviewed by broadcasters at Elland Road on Sunday, we will have a better idea of what to expect and they will have an understanding of what their contemporaries think.

Who knows, by then Woodward or Glazer might have developed a backbone and broken their own silence. Then again...