That’s the verdict of ESPN analyst Steve Nicol, who believes the Norwegian is unable to hold his players to a standard at Old Trafford.
United suffered their seventh defeat in nine games at home to arch-rivals Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Bernardo Silva gave the champions liftoff, before substitute Leroy Sane sealed the victory and edged Pep Guardiola’s men a step closer to retaining their crown.
Solskjaer is enduring his first real crisis as United manager, and Nicol fears he has lost the dressing room a mere four weeks after landing the full-time job.
“They’ve just given him the job as manager, but yet he’s not able to hold the players to whatever standard they have”
“By the way, they’ve got a manager who already hasn’t even lasted a season,” he told ESPN FC.
“His players have stopped playing for him because every single good team I’ve played in, the manager, he’s the guy that held you to a standard. He was the very first guy.
“And already Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lost that.
“They’ve just given him the job as manager, but yet he’s not able to hold the players to whatever standard they have.”
Nicol’s big claim came after:
After Wednesday’s latest setback, Marcus Rashford came out and accused his United team-mates of not giving their all for the badge.
He said: “Today we didn’t play like Manchester United. It’s not right. The bare minimum is to work hard and give all for the badge, the supporters, the club and yourself.
“It has been a tough road to get to where we are, to get there and not be putting up the same performances as we were in January is disappointing. We know what’s been going wrong, it’s mentality and willingness to run for your team.”
And Nicol feels the 21-year-old’s scathing words prove the United dressing room is a poor one.
“The bottom line is, the fact that we’re talking about Manchester United and we’re actually sitting here wasting time talking about a team that’s trying is absolutely ludicrous,” he said.
“For Manchester United it is an absolute disgrace and basically it’s a disgrace on a huge percentage of the Manchester United players that their willingness to try hard is being questioned.
“As far as the statements [go], Rashford is the youngest member of Manchester United’s team and I think it’s an indictment of what a poor dressing room they’ve got when you’ve got the youngest player in the team, who’s actually still trying to work out his game, who’s weighing in what maybe wrong.
“And clearly from what he’s saying, he’s reading the papers as well. He’s just listening to that.”