Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended players over not taking pay cuts, claiming football stars are easy targets. Health Secretary Matt Hancock last week called for Premier League stars to take pay cuts to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Captains from Premier League clubs have held talks over a fund to help the NHS in the battle against the deadly virus.
However, United boss Solskjaer has defended players, claiming they already do their part to help out.
"For me, football is an easy target sometimes," said Solskjaer.
"For me, it's unfair to call on any individual or footballers as a group, because I already know players do a great amount of work in the community, and players are doing a lot to help this situation.
Man Utd news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended players
"Discussions are taking place between players and clubs, what kind of contribution they'll make. It's not easy for anyone, and to be called out is not fair for me.
"Mistakes are being made and have been made by loads of people and that's how we learn as well.
"Now it's about making better decisions, good decisions, I think we all want to help the NHS, the communities and I think it's important every single club do what they think is right."
Solskjaer instead turned his attention to NHS workers who are fighting against coronavirus, with the United boss hailing staff on the front line.
"We're all good people and I'm sure we all want this to be over with as soon as possible,” Solskjaer added.
"For me, it's about following the guidelines from the government as well.
"First of all, we are role models. Sometimes we're heroes in football, but at the moment we have to take a back step.
"The real heroes are the workers on the frontline, I think everyone appreciates and admires what they're doing.
"Let's follow the guidelines, but football is very important for mental health for many, and for communities and society."
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