The Red Devils lost 2-0 to Cardiff at Old Trafford on the final day of the season – and many fans snubbed the flops on their traditional lap of honour.
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- <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>May 15, 201912:36 pm
MANCHESTER UNITED legend Mark Hughes has accused the club’s mega-money flops of lacking the motivation needed to play for the club.
And he says some players want to leave Old Trafford, which is the reason for their lack of focus in another dreadful season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side crumbled to a final-day 2-0 defeat by relegated Cardiff at home – and he has cancelled their post-season debrief.
Captain Paul Pogba was branded “f***ing s***” in footage of one irate United fan blasting him at full-time after the Bluebirds loss.
And Alexis Sanchez posted a grovelling apology to supporters in which he blamed his terrible form on injuries.
SunSport revealed both are at the heart of a Man Utd rift over lucrative goal bonuses that is tearing the dressing room apart.
Hughes, who made 467 appearances for the club, thinks all these off-field problems have contributed to United’s state, which saw them finish sixth in the league, some 32 points off winners Man City.
He said: “It’s a season we were expecting. It’s been difficult because Ole came in and did great initially but then to a certain extent seems to have reverted to type for this season.
“I would imagine there will be a big shake up in the footing and things will be put in place to enable them to be successful and where they need to be.
“There are a number of factors why it hasn’t all come together. Injuries will play a part. Lack of form and a lack of focus and motivation in other players.
“The reality is that this year the top teams have been far and away better than Man Utd, but Man Utd won’t stand for that.
“Players at the club may see that their futures are elsewhere or they want to leave or have an inclination that maybe the club will move them on.”
- <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>May 15, 201911:17 am
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER says he wants Axel Tuanzebe in his first team squad at Manchester United next season.
Solskjaer is preparing for a major overhaul of his squad having promised to axe half his flops from last season.
And as part of his rebuilding plans the United boss is now ready to give 21-year-old defender Tuanzebe the chance to establish himself as a regular at Old Trafford.
The England under-21 international has been a big hit during a loan spell with Aston Villa this season, and Solskjaer admits he has caught his eye.
The United manager said: “I've been keeping tabs. Hopefully Axel can play well [in the play-off final].
“Obviously he's had a couple of injuries but he's a boy I can't wait to see in pre-season for us.”
With defence an obvious area Solskjaer needs to improve over the summer, it appears Tuanzebe will get the chance to show he is good enough for regular Premier League football.
- <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>May 15, 201910:33 am
JOSE MOURINHO believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's struggles in recent months show just what a good job he did at Manchester United.
The Special One, 56, was sacked in December after a poor start to the season.
Mourinho was replaced by Solskjaer, 46, on an interim basis, with the Norwegian initially thriving.
However, on being given the permanent job in March, he led the club on a horror run, including eight losses in their final 12 matches of the 2018-19 season, in all competitions.
Mourinho was widely laughed at when suggesting one of his greatest-ever achievements as a manager was finishing second in the Premier League with United in 2017-18.
The Special One of course won eight league crowns, including three with Chelsea, during his illustrious career.
But now, after watching Solskaer struggle and his old club drift into the mire, Mourinho has admitted to feeling vindicated.
Mourinho said: “I said nine or ten months ago that after winning eight championships, finishing second with United may have been my greatest achievement.
“I do not always do my analysis publicly on Manchester United.
“I do not want to talk about it and I have the feeling that I do not need to speak, that time gives explanations.
“About United I want to say only two things: One is that time has spoken. Two is that the problems are still there.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho has revealed he does not feel like the victim of his explosive row with Paul Pogba – but says the Frenchman was not the only one to blame.
When asked, the Special One replied: “No. The problems are there. You can imagine that the problems are the players, the organisation, the ambition.
“I only say that I cannot say yes when you ask if Paul was the only one responsible.”
- <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>May 15, 201910:21 am
ROBIN VAN PERSIE has revealed a bizarre mash-up kit featuring all the four clubs he's played for – leaving Arsenal fans branding him a “snake”.
The strange kit is a jumble of jerseys from Feyenoord, Arsenal, Manchester United and Fenerbahce.
Ruud van Nistelrooy also revealed a similar mash-up jersey from Blood In Blood Out, while they created one for Wesley Sneijder as a jumble of all the “Oranje” Holland kits he has worn.
But some Arsenal fans clearly have not forgotten how Van Persie, 35, ditched them for Sir Alex Ferguson's United, where he went on to win the Premier League title in 2013.
That turned out to be Fergie's last act as Manchester United boss — and it has gone seriously downhill for the Red Devils since.
But it turns out the kits are not to everyone's taste.One Arsenal fan tweeted: “You leave for United, you're forgotten.”
Another posted alongside a snake emoji: “He was never an Arsenal player.”
Another said: “This is up there with the half-and-half scarf.”
- Samuel StreetMay 15, 20199:27 am
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