‘I don’t look at one or two results and fall like a house of cards’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer comes out fighting to claim United ARE backing him, AREN’T questioning his methods – and says it WON’T change
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under mounting pressure as Man United head to Everton
- But he insists he remains the right man to turn around poor start to the season
- Solskjaer believes he still has the backing of Ed Woodward and the United board
- He spoke of the fine margins in recent matches against Chelsea and Arsenal
- United sit 15th in the Premier League ahead of high-pressure Goodison visit
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he still has the full backing of the board at Manchester United.
The United boss is under intense scrutiny after a poor start to the season continued with a Champions League defeat by Basaksehir in Istanbul in midweek.
But Solskjaer says he doesn’t feel under pressure ahead of Saturday’s trip to Everton, and still has the support of his employers.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he is the right man to turn around their season as they prepare to play Everton at lunchtime on Saturday
United head to Everton on Saturday having been embarrassed by Istanbul Basaksehir
‘I’ve always had a good open honest and dialogue with the club,’ he said. ‘They have shown strong leadership and good dialogue since I’ve come in. It’s sunny in Manchester today and I don’t expect the wind to turn.
‘There is always pressure and expectation. I grew up here and became a man at Man United. I learned how to deal with good and bad times. You’re a top coach or manager when you win and a bad one when you lose.
‘If I don’t trust my beliefs and values, and the staff and players’ quality… of course I don’t look at one or two results and fall like a house of cards.
‘The club has been very positive and shown me character and strong leadership. I’m looking forward to Saturday lunchtime.
Solskjaer believes he retains the backing of United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward
United were excellent in their 5-0 thrashing of RB Leipzig but then lost back to back matches
Man United fixtures
Premier League unless stated
Saturday Everton (A)
November 21 West Brom (H)
November 24 Istanbul Basaksehir (H)
Champions League group stage
November 29 Southampton (A)
December 2 Paris Saint-Germain (H)
Champions League group stage
December 5 West Ham (A)
‘I’m good. You don’t have to be happy to stay positive. You know that on difficult days or hard days there will better ones coming. I know these players well enough that we will have response.
‘You have to be mentally strong. There are demands on United players and manager, there is also expectation because we are at the best and biggest club in the world.
‘You don’t expect anything but criticism, it’s how you deal with setbacks and from what I’ve seen from the players they’ve been very focused.
‘We had a very long and late flight back home [from Turkey]. The first day was a day of tired mind, heads and legs, and we couldn’t do a lot. Today has been a bright day and the boys are ready for a reaction.
‘We are all hurt. It’s never easy when you lose two games on the bounce but that’s football and you have to react to it.
‘The Champions League is difficult but the manner of the goals, we gifted them those goals. You don’t mind when they outplay you.
‘There have definitely been setbacks. But too much has been made of not scoring against Arsenal and Chelsea.
‘Not long ago we were the best thing since sliced bread when we beat Leipzig and PSG. That’s how it is in football, and you’ve got to have belief in yourself and the players.’