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Manchester United’s backroom staff should feel ‘GUILTY’, emphasizes Paul Scholes

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Manchester United’s backroom staff should feel ‘GUILTY’ over their role in the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insists Paul Scholes – who also says the coaches, including Michael Carrick, ‘shouldn’t be at the club right now’

  • Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Watford defeat
  • His coaching staff, including caretaker boss Michael Carrick, will remain for the time being
  • Paul Scholes has urged Solskjaer’s entire backroom team to feel ‘guilty’
  • People like Carrick and Kieran McKenna oversaw training instead of Solskjaer
  • Scholes also believes that Carrick could have turned down the temporary job











Paul Scholes says Manchester United coaching staff should feel ‘guilty’ over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking and the fact that they are still staying at the club.

Solskjaer was knocked out this weekend in the wake of the damaging defeat at Watford, but his backroom team – including caretaker boss Michael Carrick – remained.

Their long-term future at Old Trafford is uncertain as the search for a new manager is underway, and sports post has reported that they owe a hefty payout.

Manchester United’s backroom staff should be guilty, club legend Paul Scholes has insisted

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked after Watford defeat but his coaches are staying for now

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked after Watford defeat but his coaches are staying for now

But although they survived the cull, Scholes insisted the coaches let Solskjaer down after the club legend put his ‘trust’ in them to lead training sessions.

Speaking about BT Sport, he said: ‘I get the impression with Ole that he has put a lot of faith in Michael [Carrick]. He put a lot of faith in Kieran [McKenna]. He put a lot of faith in Mike Phelan. That’s why they shouldn’t be at the club right now, I think.

‘I have great friends. Michael is a good friend, Darren Fletcher, I’ve worked with Mike Phelan, I’ve worked with these people. I just think if I was in their position now I would still feel guilty working for this football club when Ole had so much faith in them.”

Michael Carrick has been temporarily put in charge as United hunt for Solskjaer's successor

Michael Carrick has been temporarily put in charge as United hunt for Solskjaer’s successor

In a surprise move, United handed Solskjaer’s coaching staff a new three-year deal just weeks before laying the ax on their former manager.

sports post revealed that assistant Mike Phelan put pen to paper last month, and he was followed by Carrick, McKenna and goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis.

With Solskjaer sacked, it is likely that the new boss will bring in his own staff, meaning the current coaches will be owed damages totaling in the millions.

Sources say the extensions were thrashed in the summer, when Solskjaer signed his own deal, but it took some time to agree on the finer details.

Scholes insists none of Solskjaer's former coaches should have stayed put

Scholes insists none of Solskjaer’s former coaches should have stayed put

Kieran McKenna (right) and Carrick took charge of training sessions instead of Solskjaer

Kieran McKenna (right) and Carrick took charge of training sessions instead of Solskjaer

Carrick is threatening to leave the club in the near future, and Scholes is also convinced their decorated ex-midfielder could have turned down the temporary job.

Asked if it was possible to say no, Scholes added: “I think that’s what you do when you’ve been employed by a manager and given so much responsibility from the manager. Ole is more of a manager than a real coach.

“I can understand if you work for a coach who has everything under control, like” [Antonio] conte. He controls everything on the training ground, he chooses the team – Pep Guardiola is the same.

“But when you’re Ole, more of a man manager than a coach, he trusts Michael to prepare his team. He trusts Kieran, I think more. He gives them a great responsibility.

Carrick could have even turned down the janitor job after Solskjaer left, Scholes also said

Carrick could have even turned down the janitor job after Solskjaer left, Scholes also said

“They all have to take responsibility for the performance you have seen on the football field. What will change tonight? It comes down to preparation. Ole lost his job… the preparation hasn’t happened.’

Meanwhile, United have been in talks with Ernesto Valverde to become their new manager on an interim basis.

Valverde, who enjoyed a successful stint as Barcelona coach, is on the shortlist in case the club doesn’t move Mauricio Pochettino away from Paris Saint-Germain.

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