Manchester United have clearly struggled this season despite making quality additions to the squad by signing Jadon Sancho, Raphaël Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.
The Red Devils have failed to win a league tie in their last four matches and have picked up only seven points from the last six games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after United suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Since then, various reports in the UK press have stated a section the United squad are unhappy with the manager. There were also claims certain players even questioned tactics employed by the Norwegian.
The Times stated a player questioned Solskjaer’s decision to hand the captaincy to Harry Maguire. Norway’s TV2 interviewed Maguire on Thursday and the defender responded to the various reports that came out in the past few days.
“In the two-and-a-half years I’ve been here, I’ve noticed that when we lose a football game there’s a lot of talk. Most of it isn’t true,” the former Leicester City man said.
“The mood is that we are disappointed and hurt. We are footballers who play at the highest level. We know what the requirements are in this club. We have a lot of experience, many leaders and many people who say what they mean.
“You see small pieces here and there, but you try to avoid reading things. When you have had an ugly defeat against your rival, Liverpool, I do not think the main focus is to read reports where you see these rumours.”
“I know from my experience in this club that when you lose matches, there are always rumours about what happens in the dressing room, but most of it is not true. We have a strong and unified dressing room. We stand together on this and move forward together.”
Earlier this week, reports suggested United planned to cut ties with Solskjaer, only for them to then state the manager will be in the dugout when the Premier League giants take on Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
When quizzed if the former Cardiff City manager is a good man to have at United, the England international explained: “Yes of course. Ole has played for this club for many years and he has been the manager for three years. He knows what to expect and I’m sure he can handle the ups and downs. He knows what’s going on in this club.
“That [defeat against Liverpool] was of course disappointing for him, but it was disappointing for everyone involved in this club. Everyone looks at themselves and where they can improve, that also applies to me.”
“The most important thing is to improve individually and come together as a team. We are strong boys with a good team spirit, and we stand together. We disappointed ourselves on Sunday and we know that, so we have to improve.”
Maguire has also struggled this season and the centre-back stressed he needs to get back to his best soon.
“I’ve struggled to find the rhythm. I’m my biggest critic, so I know when I’m playing well, and when I’m not playing well, I’m always looking for ways to improve myself,” he stressed.
“I had been injury free for a long time, then I got a big injury in the ankle. I came back and played a tough European championship, and I have had some blows this season which has led to me struggling to find the rhythm.”