The Red Devils suffered their seventh defeat in nine games in all competitions in the Manchester derby last night.
Pep Guardiola’s title-chasing Manchester City prevailed 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane.
Alarm bells continue to ring around the United camp with Champions League qualification now very much in the balance.
And Solskjaer is ready to prepare for an overhaul of the squad this summer with many not up to the standards required at the club.
After Sunday’s 4-0 drubbing at Everton, the newly appointed full-time boss suggested some stars did not care enough about the damning situation United find themselves in.
Before the City match in the Sky Sports studio, ex-United captain Keane then hit out at the “bluffers” in the squad not capable of getting the club back to the top level.
Keane also warned the players had thrown sacked manager Jose Mourinho under the bus and suggested “they will do exactly the same to Ole”.
The comments from Keane come as:
“With Roy, I’ve always had a great relationship with him and I value his opinion very highly”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Fans have begun to turn on the players as they back Solskjaer to axe those causing disharmony in the camp.
Paul Pogba is just one of the players whose future continues to be speculated about as he continues to strive for a move to Real Madrid.
And when asked about Keane’s comments after the loss to City, Solskjaer sensationally did not dispute them.
“With Roy, I’ve always had a great relationship with him and I value his opinion very highly,” Solskjaer said.
“We played together for many years and he’s a Man United guy. He hurts just as much as anyone else connected with the club.
“We’re so far behind City and it’s my job that when we come back in pre-season that I have the right characters in and around the club because it should never be allowed.
“When you’re at Man United, the highlight will be on you and you’ve got to make sure you come into work every single day with the effort like today. That’s your duty.
“That’s what you sign up for when you play for Man United. The expectations, the history.
“But we are where we are. Step by step, we need to make sure we’re on the right track. We can’t linger along for many years.
“You should be at 100 per cent and it’s my job to have a group and a squad and a team that will do that for us. That’s my job. Who wants to sacrifice enough to be here?”
United fans will love that Solskjaer is not simply protecting his players amid the widespread criticism.
And up next for the Red Devils comes a tough test against top-four rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday (4.30pm).