Paul Pogba responded to Ole Gunnar's warning to Manchester United's players by clashing with Everton is 'destiny' – with the club's top four hanging in the balance.
United face Everton from 1.30pm at Goodison Park and have upcoming games against Manchester City and Chelsea in a vital week.
After five defeats in the past seven games caused a serious wobble for Solskjaer, Pogba was composed when interviewed by a Sky Sports reporter in the Goodison tunnel before the match.
"We know only five games left, it's very important game today and the result is important too," said Pogba.
"This match today is destiny for us."
After Solskjaer had claimed recent defeats had a "reality check" for some of his players, Pogba was asked if the squad had been affected by the manager's comments.
Solskjaer sent a warning in his pre-match press conference, saying: "As a club we cannot carry players."
He added a series of questions clearly designed to kick his side out of their slumber: "Are they Are they hungry enough? Do they want this enough? Do they want to give everything to the team? Or they think only about themselves? "
Pogba said in response:" The past is the past, we have