MANCHESTER UNITED are reeling after a 4-2 defeat to Leicester that suggests they may spend another season without challenging for the title.
And Cristiano Ronaldo was one player who trudged off the pitch in a huff in the East Midlands, with Solskjaer having to convince the superstar to clap the away supporters.
The Portugal captain is believed to have told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he is ready to play every game after being dropped for Edinson Cavani two weeks ago.
And with results taking a turn for the worse, there are some reports that Paul Pogba, who is out of contract in summer, has no inclination to sign a new deal.
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Man Utd legend Gary Neville has accused Newcastle’s new Saudi Arabian owners of “employment abuse” for not clarifying Steve Bruce’s position as manager.
He said: “I was sacked as a manager – it happens. I’ve sacked managers.
“It’s not a nice thing to do, but you do it, you pay them up, you know they’re in a difficult job, they respect you for that, you respect them for that.
“This thing with Steve Bruce is totally wrong. If this was any other industry, if this was any other walk of life, it would be classed as employment abuse.
“The employer would be in serious trouble. You’ve got to show and demonstrate decency.”
Gary Neville thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like last season's Manchester United squad back over this one.
He said: "I thought last season there was something building.
"I bet you if you asked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if he'd like last season's squad back or this one, he'd go back to last season's.
"They have all these issues and dynamics developing in the squad.”
Gary Neville reckons Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes need to stop 'waving their arms in the air' at team-mates.
He said: "I watched Ronaldo and Fernandes up front... nothing.
"I saw them flailing their arms at team-mates, which I didn't like, and that needs to stop.
"This Man Utd team are also poor in how they react to goals.
"If they concede a goal, they start acting like babies and do their own thing.
"If they score a goal, they puff their chest out and their egos come out.”
ON THE BOX
Fixtures for the Premier League's hectic Christmas and New Year period have been released with fans in for a treat.
The top-flight have confirmed the matches scheduled to be broadcast, which will be shared between Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video.
Supporters should be braced for a feast of fantastic football with games from November 30 to January 3 coming thick and fast.
Manchester United will have eight of their games broadcast - the most out of any Premier League side.
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Man Utd fear more fan protests ahead of this weekend's clash with Liverpool, according to reports.
The Red Devils' last clash with their rivals from Merseyside had to be postponed back in May after supporters broke into Old Trafford.
Their previous protest came off the back of the already unpopular Glazers involvement in the European Super League breakaway attempt.
This time it would come off the back of an underwhelming start to the season on the pitch.
According to the Daily Star, United are consulting with Greater Manchester Police after protest plans were allegedly circulated on social media.
Brendan Rodgers is the new favourite to be Manchester United's next manager.
That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've installed the Leicester boss to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.
Rodgers, 48, had previously trailed Antonio Conte for the position.
But he's now frontrunner at odds of 4/1 after Saturday's result at the King Power Stadium.
Solskjaer's position as manager is looking increasingly uncertain.
The Norwegian is second only to Newcastle's Steve Bruce in the managerial sack race.
Danny Murphy doesn't think Manchester United will ever be on par with his former side Liverpool or Manchester City because they don't defend well enough.
And until the Red Devils work out how to get more of their stars behind the ball in games, they'll forever be chasing the pack, according to Murphy.
Speaking after United's 4-2 loss to Leicester, he said: "Manchester United have got too many players who don't want to defend - it's as simple as that"
"And while they fail to defend from the front, they'll never be on a par with Man City and Liverpool," the BBC reported.
Jesse Lingard's agents reportedly attended Newcastle’s game against Tottenham as his Instagram appeared to hint at a possible transfer from Manchester United.
Sky Sports claim the England midfielder’s representatives were present at St James’ Park on Sunday for Newcastle’s first game since their £300million Saudi takeover.
A picture posted on Instagram Stories via Lingard’s ‘jlingz’ account showed Newcastle’s pitch shortly before their 3-2 defeat to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
And it’s reckoned Lingard’s representatives were in attendance to ‘keep an eye’ on proceedings.
Sky’s Pete Graves tweeted: “Interesting to see this pop up on Jesse Lingard’s ‘jlingz’ account on Instagram.
“I understand Lingard’s representatives were at St James’ Park yesterday keeping an eye on developments at NUFC.”
Manchester United will have a few stars back for their Champions League clash against Atalanta this week.
United were without Fred and Edinson Cavani for their 4-2 loss against Leicester.
But the pair should be available for the European tie after they missed the clash with the Foxes due to international commitments in South America, United's website states.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka returns from suspension, but both Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial are still out injured.
Donny Van De Beek just can't catch a break - with tunnel cam footage showing how the blundering midfielder spilt a Manchester United coach's tea over him.
He was an unused substitute in Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Leicester.
And while he may have been burning to get off the bench and make his mark, he did so in the tunnel… on a coach instead.
In footage captured on Leicester City's tunnel cam, the member of the United backroom staff was walking out for the start of the second half carrying his cuppa alongside one of the medical team.
As Van de Beek tried to squeeze past to get back to his seat in the dugout, he bumped into the coach and duly knocked the hot beverage over his hand.
Jadon Sancho is a victim of the current Manchester United team and does not deserve to be blamed for his difficult start, according to club legend Gary Neville.
The Red Devils suffered yet another dismal result on Saturday as they were beaten 4-2 by Leicester - their third successive Premier League game without a win.
Sancho was hooked in the 65th minute after an uninspiring performance on the left wing, with his replacement Marcus Rashford scoring eight minutes from the end of the game.
But Neville does not believe it is right to lay the blame at the 21-year-old's door during this tough period for the team.
Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “Sancho at this moment, he’s a victim of the current performances of the team.
“You’d like a player like that to come into a settled unit and he’s just still finding his feet."
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be fuming that the club didn't buy a central midfielder in the summer.
Despite splashing out on Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Norwegian was still desperate to land a midfield marshal.
However, Manchester Evening News claim there's a bunch of reasons why Solskjaer's wish wasn't granted.
One of the main factors was that United were unable to offload Paul Pogba as not one club made an offer for the Frenchman.
This meant United's midfield had no space for anyone new.
But MEN say that could change soon as Pogba's United contract us up this summer and he could re-join Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo's mum showed off stunning artwork depicting the Manchester United star with the rest of the family.
Dolores Aveiro took to Instagram at the weekend to wish her son good luck against Leicester City.
She wrote: "Good luck @manchesterunited ⚽️⚽️A good Saturday to all of you little kisses 😘😘😘❤️".
Dolores accompanied the post with a picture of herself smiling at home.
And in the background of her post, a huge framed family portrait made by Mr Bring Colombia can be seen on the wall.
As well as Cristiano, it features sisters Elma and Katia, as well as big brother Hugo - in addition to Dolores herself.
Ex-Manchester United star Roy Keane and former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira's rivalry was so intense that violence was always on the cards.
According to ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the pair hated each other so much that he never ruled out them coming to blows.
But despite the threat of an altercation, Wenger explained that he enjoyed their clashes.
The Frenchman said to talkSPORT: "I enjoyed the rivalry.
"You speak of Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira; Keane was always on the fringe of violence even if he was a great player."
Ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reportedly has one eye on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United job.
Solskjaer has faced increased pressure in recent times due to a string of poor results and tactical decisions.
And critics calling for the Norwegian's exit grew louder following United's 4-2 loss to Leicester on the weekend.
Now it's been claimed by Manchester Evening News that Conte is ready and waiting to take on the role at Old Trafford if the club's hierarchy give Solskjaer the boot.
Glum Manchester United stars trundled into training this morning after a public dressing down from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian was fuming with Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Leicester, their fourth loss in seven games.
After the match, he threatened to drop some of his underperforming stars.
As players arrived today, most knew that their places could be under threat for Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Atalanta at Old Trafford.
SERGEJ IN INTEREST
Liverpool are one of a number of European giants eyeing a move for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports.
Serie A champions Inter Milan and Italian rivals Juventus, along with LaLiga heavyweights Real Madrid, are also interested in the 26-cap Serbia star, according to Calciomercato.
We reported in the summer how Manchester United have also reignited their interest in Milinkovic-Savic, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to team him up with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
Chelsea, Tottenham, Juventus and Paris-Saint Germain have also been linked with the 26-year-old Serb.
It is thought Liverpool view Milinkovic-Savic as an ideal replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, who left as a free agent to join Paris Saint-Germain in June.
The Manchester United forward made a goalscoring return from injury in the Red Devils’ 4-2 defeat by Leicester on Saturday.
United boss Solskjaer had used his pre-match press conference to call on the England international to focus on his on-pitch duties.
Rashford has made headlines away from the pitch for his campaigning work to end child poverty and improve school meals.
YORKE CAN DO IT
Ex-Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke reckons his former side can still win the Premier League title this season.
The Red Devils sit five points behind league leaders Chelsea after their loss to Leicester on the weekend.
But unlike his other ex-United peers, Yorke thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side can still turn things around.
He said: "It’s only five points. We’re only eight games into the season. I’d have been a bit concerned if we were a bit more adrift, but that’s not the case.
"The one thing that United have been good at under Ole is getting big results against the big teams, and that will close the gap."