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Reports: Manchester United stars Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial contributing to dressing room divide

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be worried about the dressing room atmosphere at Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be worried about the dressing room atmosphere at Manchester United.
Modified 09 Oct 2020, 22:42 IST

Here’s some news that will worry every Manchester United fan. If reports are to be believed, the Red Devils dressing room is not as 'united' as it previously was. Romelu Lukaku’s exit was a direct result of the behind-the-scenes antics of two of Manchester United’s current stars – Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

The Belgian was apparently unhappy with the French duo, which made him decide to exit Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival at Manchester United was supposed to initiate a cultural reset at the club. The Norwegian did manage to direct the Red Devils back to the UEFA Champions League, but his team have endured a nightmarish start to the new season.

Manchester United have won just one of their first three games in the Premier League and have shipped in 12 goals in the process. Add to that, the frustration of missing out on summer targets Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham and Jack Grealish, and it is safe to say that there’s a cloud of despair hanging over Old Trafford at the moment.

Differences in the Manchester United dressing room forced Lukaku out of the club

Pogba and Martial apparently played a part in Lukaku
Pogba and Martial apparently played a part in Lukaku's exit.

According to La Repubblica’s Paolo Condo, there are differences within the Manchester United dressing room that are hurting the club. The journalist even claims that Lukaku was desperate to leave for Inter Milan to escape from the divided dressing room and that Pogba and Martial played their part in the Belgian’s departure.

"Lukaku was tired of United because Pogba and Martial were struggling to pass him the ball, a picture of a dressing room divided into groups," according to Paolo Condo.

Lukaku adapted to life in Italy very well and has not looked back since. While Martial has done well in his first season as the new United No.9, the same can no longer be said about Pogba. Condo also warned that if the situation in the dressing room is not addressed soon, Nemanja Matic could be the next unfortunate victim at Old Trafford.

Condo added that Pogba’s contract situation only adds to the drama behind the doors.

"If things don’t improve, the next transfer window will be used by someone to attack Matic, and in the background, remains the boulder of Pogba’s contract expiration in 2021."

The journalist went on to reveal that when Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young asked Lukaku about Inter before their respective moves, the first thing discussed was the dressing room.

"When Sanchez and Young asked him before signing how things were at Inter, the first answer was, 'Really good, there are no clans’."

Manchester United were a picture of unity under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson and while the odd dressing room feud was not uncommon, the Scottish manager always ensured that it did not have a demoralizing effect on the performances on the pitch.

Those days, it seems, are a distant memory now. As such, Solskjaer might be well advised to take another leaf out of his old manager’s book if he wants to get Manchester United back to their glory days.

Published 09 Oct 2020, 22:42 IST
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