REVEALED: Manchester United star David de Gea treated his dinner mates for dinner at Juan Mata's restaurant on a union night after sneaking through the Rochdale League One at the Carabao Cup … but Paul Pogba missed!
Manchester United's David de Gea and Juan Mata led some of their teammates on a night of unity following Carabao Cup's uncomfortable victory over League One Rochdale on Wednesday night.
United are far from convincing early in the season with an abject defeat of the Premier League at West Ham on Sunday, leading them into a crisis and bringing the role of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager under new scrutiny.
The underperforming team has determined that they will try to hold a dinner once a month to promote unity and express concerns about any issues.
David de Gea invited Man United teammates to dinner after Carabao Cup victory over Rochdale
After an early night in August, part of the team ventured into the Tapeo and Wine restaurant in central Manchester on Wednesday night, where goalkeeper De Gea, flushed after his new £ 375,000 per week contract, paid the account.
However, although about 10 players attended, there were notable absences with some players who are not in a good mood, following the nature of their showing against Rochdale and others aware of the commitments they made on Thursday day off.
Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero, Ashley Young, Paul Pogba, Phil Jones and Harry Maguire were among those who missed the meal despite remaining influential figures in the locker room.
Solskjaer and assistant Mike Phelan stressed to their players the importance of people taking responsibility and showing the aptitude to lead on the pitch if they want to deal with the growing pressure on them to improve.
United players had dinner outside at Juan Mata's restaurant in Manchester on Wednesday night
Paul Pogba missed the meal despite being an influential figure in United's dressing room
The United manager and his technical team are also interested in seeing who is mentally strong enough.
In fact, there was a degree of psychology at stake when the Axel Tuanzebe Academy product became captain against Rochdale, though it made only an earlier start this season.
The 21-year-old, who grew up in Rochdale after moving to DR Congo England at age four, was United's captain in all age groups before leading the seniors on Wednesday.
But Sportsmail understands that his appointment has raised eyebrows in some quarters of the dressing room and has not received universal approval.
United advanced to Carabao Cup round four after beating Rochdale on penalties
Undisturbed, Solskjaer was aware of rewarding Tuanzebe after being impressed by his attitude and desire to make an impact since the return of his loan at Aston Villa.
"Dreams come true," said Tuanzebe. & # 39; I was literally getting ready to stretch and let go and Mike Phelan just came over and said, "You're ready to go see the referee." I said "what do you mean?" and he said, "Come on, you're a captain." So I said, "Okay, come on."
“I got goose bumps when I was leaving. It's something I've been working on for a long time and it's finally time.
"I'm grateful to the manager and the club and the players I'm playing with for sharing this moment with me." Meanwhile, Solskjaer believes Marcus Rashford could return within two weeks of his groin injury to West Ham last Sunday.
"He's not very, very bad," Solskjaer told MUTV. "We hope to see you before the international break."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under close scrutiny after the unconvincing start of the United season
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