By Kevin Phillips

14th Nov, 2021 | 9:40am

This may be real reason Solskjaer gave Man United stars week off after 'surprising' reveal - pundit

Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his players the week off in the hope they can “rest” and “reset” ahead of their trip to Watford.

That is the view of 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 48-year-old’s divisive decision.

According to the Daily Mail (November 9th), United players and staff were “surprised” to be given the first week of the international break off by Solskjaer.

It comes after back-to-back home defeats at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

The Red Devils have 16 senior players not on international duty.

When asked by Football Insider if he is surprised by Solskjaer’s decision, Phillips said: “Yes, and no.

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“Giving players the week off can be beneficial. Sometimes rest can be as good as training.

“It can help to just get away from the training ground, get off social media and reset. It is not about the physical side so much, it is about the mental side of things.

“The advice from the manager will be, ‘When we come back in, we go again. We start again.’

“On the other hand, this week was a good opportunity to get down on the training ground with these players. They could have worked on problems that have been highlighted in the press.

“Defensively, they have been poor. They are not pressing well as a unit. It is hard to do that when you haven’t got the whole squad though.

“Personally, I think it was probably the right call from Solskjaer.”

In other news, a pundit has claimed Romano’s three-man shortlist has revealed the perfect candidate to replace Solskjaer at Man United.