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Man Utd fans hijack club Twitter account post to demand Solskjaer sack

Even when his Manchester United players appear to be happy in training, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot escape the calls for him to be sacked.

The Red Devils looked in positive spirits as they headed out for a daytime session at United’s training complex at Carrington.

Solskjaer was out on the pitch leading the session with players who have not been called up for international duty during the two-week break from domestic action.

Those players included out-of-favour midfielder Donny van de Beek, who was snubbed by Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal due to his lack of minutes at club level.

Despite being frozen out of the first team under Solskjaer, the Dutchman looked unbothered as he joked with his team-mates.

He was joined by fellow outcasts Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic, who have only made brief cameos from the bench in recent times for the club.

Mason Greenwood was also present in the group after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.

The post appeared on the official Manchester United Twitter account with the caption: “Grafting with a smile”.

However, eagle-eyed United fans pointed out it was only Van de Beek who was caught smiling by the cameras.

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And some users then took the opportunity to make their dissatisfaction with Solskjaer’s management known, with several replies visible containing the phrase “Ole out” and using the hashtag '#SackOle'.

Another user wrote: "Once upon a time seeing the boys training gives [sic] me so much hope and optimism, these days not so much."

Solskjaer has come under fire after a string of below-par displays from his side, despite capturing his three top transfer targets this summer.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane were all signed by the Norwegian, with United tipped as one of the sides to challenge for their first Premier League title since 2012-13.

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The Red Devils have made a steady start to the season with four wins from their opening seven matches.

But Solskjaer attracted criticism from sections of United’s fanbase following consecutive defeats against Young Boys in the Champions League and West Ham in the Carabao Cup.

A stoppage time winner from Ronaldo in the 2-1 win over Villarreal eased the pressure on Solskjaer after another below-par performance from his side.

But his position came under scrutiny once again when he left Ronaldo on the bench for the 1-1 draw with Everton, with the Portuguese pictured walking off down the tunnel on his own after the final whistle.

However, it is believed his job is not in any immediate danger after the club renewed the contract of his assistant Mike Phelan to 2024.

The club recently handed a new contract to Solskjaer which runs until the same date as Phelan’s — suggesting that United fans will have to make do their manager for the time being at least.

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