Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes
footballers have a responsibility to act as role models and support the
"real heroes" working in the NHS.
Football has been suspended across most of the world due to the
coronavirus pandemic which is affecting every walk of life, with
Manchester United and Manchester City working together to help people in
the local area.
United striker Marcus Rashford has also worked with charity FareShare
to ensure children who are missing out on free meals due to school
closures can be fed.
Solskjaer believes it is vital that the club sets an example in this time of global crisis.
"We all know, sometimes, we're the heroes but, at the moment, we can
be the back-up support. The NHS and the health service, they are the
real heroes now," Solskjaer said in an interview published by the club.
"I think it's important we as footballers, and we working as role
models, we've got a difference to make and we can do that just by
sending out messages on social media and stuff.
"It's the same for me in Norway, watching what is happening there. I
think we all realise how much [is being done] and I don't think we
should save money on health. Health is a critical thing. Sorry for the
political message, it just got me involved there!"
The football season in England remains suspended indefinitely but
Solskjaer is confident his players will be keeping themselves in good
shape for if and when the season resumes.
"Our players have been really good. They're good lads and I trust them," he added.
"They're naturally fit anyway and want to improve. The training side
is fine, you find they're good people and you try to encourage, as we've
all got to adjust.
"Some of our players have families abroad and some of them were able to go back home to be with them.
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