Souness points blame at Man Utd players with scathing "exit hatch" accusation

Graeme Souness says Manchester United's players need to take a look in the mirror and "stand up and be counted" as he suggested they were taking the easy option by getting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked.

United's manager is under intense pressure after back-to-back defeats, with Saturday's clash with Everton shaping up to potentially be a make-or-break fixture in his tenure.

Solskjaer has defended his position in the face of criticism, stating defiantly: "I don't look at one or two results and fall like a house of cards."

And Souness feels United's players should take it upon themselves to pull their manager out of a sticky situation.

"The players have underperformed but the way it is in the world of football today, all the focus is on changing the manager," Souness told Sky Sports .

"You ask your players to constantly look in the mirror. I wonder if any of the Manchester United players are doing that right now or if it's the easier route, that exit hatch is there in getting rid of the manager and everything will be fine.

"Sometimes these players need to stand up and be counted. There's less and less of that in the Premier League right now than there has ever been."

United are currently languishing in 15th place in the table with just two wins from their first six games.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

The question now is whether they can find the right balance?

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Their Champions League form had been considerably better until a shock defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday, where their defensive incompetence was again laid bare.

The loss came exactly a month after the 6-1 humiliation at home to Tottenham, and just days after a lacklustre performance in the defeat to rivals Arsenal.

Solskjaer has bore the brunt of the fallout each time, though former United captain Roy Keane warned his old colleague that the players would ultimately lose him his job – something Souness is in agreement with.

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"If I was a Manchester United supporter, I'd be unhappy reading that in the newspaper that the players wouldn't be against a change," Souness continued. "Modern players, their attitudes and the responsibility that they seem to shy away from today.

"That dressing room needs to have a close look at themselves both collectively and individually as to why they are in this situation. There are some very good players in that Manchester United dressing room.

"Stand up and be counted now. For yourself, first and foremost, then your family, then for your manager and your football club."

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