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Players not Pochettino should be Man Utd’s focus – Solskjaer

Solskjaer hopes his one-to-one chats will help to get the best out of players such as Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, expensive purchases who have had difficult seasons.

Lukaku went 12 United games in all competitions without a goal earlier this season, while Sanchez, who is battling a hamstring injury in the lead-up to Sunday’s game, has scored just four times for the club since arriving from Arsenal last January.

“Every single player needs that eye-to-eye connection, I’m sure. They want to know what is expected of them, but it’s not just me telling them what to do. It’s about asking: ‘What are your strengths? What do you feel? What can you give to the team?’

“Alexis has got high standards for himself. You demand a lot from yourself and when it doesn’t work, as it clearly hasn’t, and he’s had some injuries, then it’s difficult to suddenly put that confidence on.

“It’s a fresh start for him with me and Mick (Phelan) coming in. It’s a new lease of life, maybe. Hopefully we can see the best of him, because he is a top, top player.”

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