Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly angered his Manchester United squad by scrapping an end-of-season debrief that was planned for Monday.
The Norwegian is believed to have arranged the meeting a couple of weeks ago as a chance to review the season and discuss where United went wrong over the last nine months.
However, The Sun reports that Ole Solskjaer pulled the plug on the get-together in the aftermath of Sunday’s 2-0 home loss to 18th-placed Cardiff City.
That move is alleged to have upset a number of his first-team stars as they had already pushed back travel arrangements to make themselves available for the debrief.
Manchester United ended the season in sixth, a whopping 32 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City , and Solskjaer is aware that bridging that gap will prove a sizeable hurdle.
He said: “We have been poor. We’ve more or less hit a brick wall towards the end of the season so that’s very disappointing.
“We were in with a shout (of the top four) but the last two games, of course, we’ve let ourselves down performance-wise.
“We should have won against two relegated teams (United drew 1-1 at Huddersfield last week) but that’s another reality check for everyone.
“This league is a tough one, no matter who you play, and it’s a long season and towards the end we’ve performed under par.
“The big plus is the season’s over so we put a big line over it and look forward. We know we are too far behind where we want to be, that’s the 98 and 97 points – that’s exceptional from the two teams (City and Liverpool ).
“We are five or six points behind third, fourth and fifth, that’s realistically who we need to challenge for next year.
“The players have been going through a tough period, good players who towards the end of the season are fatigued mentally and physically.”
United’s players will now report back for pre-season training in early July, with a tour of Australia, Singapore and China being pencilled in.
Manchester United ended the 2018-19 campaign sixth in the table and without any silverware.
Ole Solskjaer admitted United have “hit a brick wall” in recent weeks as a dispiriting campaign ended on a fittingly low note following defeat to relegated Cardiff.
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