Former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticized the current generation of players as ‘snowflakes‘, stating that they wouldn’t have survived in the Old Trafford dressing room in the 1990s and 2000s.
Solskjaer had a successful stint at the club, recording back-to-back top three finishes in the Premier League and leading the team to the Europa League final in 2021. However, despite signing high-profile players such as Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo, the club failed to bridge the gap to their rivals.
Speaking at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Solskjaer praised the leaders and entertainers in the old dressing room, including Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, and Nicky Butt. He described the dressing room as a place of winners who hated losing and weren’t afraid to fight after bad games.
According to Solskjaer, if he were to shake up the current crop of players in the same way, they would run to their parents or agents, labeling them as ‘snowflakes’. He was referring to players who are easily offended, overly sensitive, and lacking mental toughness.
Solskjaer’s remarks have ignited a debate about the changing attitudes and work ethics of modern footballers, with some suggesting that the increased focus on social media and public image has contributed to a decline in resilience and determination.
Others argue that Solskjaer’s comments are out of touch with contemporary issues such as mental health and player welfare and that tough love no longer has a place in the game.
Regardless of the controversy, Solskjaer’s legacy at Manchester United includes helping to restore the team’s pride and identity after a period of decline. As he returns to Old Trafford for the first time since his sacking, fans will be reflecting on his impact on the team and wondering what could have been if his vision had come to fruition.