Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly had serious doubts about some of his Manchester United colleagues and has been worried about a lack of cohesion in the squad for some time.
The Portugal international feels as if a number of players in the dressing room "want it too easy" and aren't prepared to graft when the going gets tough.
On Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by United following a dismal run of five defeats in seven Premier League matches, culminating in a miserable 4-1 defeat to Watford.
According to The Telegraph, members of the squad had been challenging Solskjaer's management for months and many of them simply downed tools after the club's humiliating 5-0 defeat to Liverpool in October.
Players asked the manager why he was so reluctant to use the likes of Donny van de Beek, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard while defender Eric Bailly confronted the Norwegian after getting dropped for an 'unfit' Harry Maguire in their 4-2 defeat to Leicester City.
While Solskjaer was always well liked by the squad, the perceived favouritism shown towards underperforming players began to erode away at patience and heighten tensions.
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Ironically, peripheral figure Van de Beek netted the final goal of Solskjaer's reign while trusted captain Maguire got himself sent off during Saturday's defeat at Vicarage road.
United slipped to seventh in the league over the weekend and are now already 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.
First-team coach Michael Carrick will take charge of the side temporarily as the club goes in search of Ole's permanent replacement.
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