‘We have planted a seed, the tree is growing’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s bizarre terminology ahead of Everton clash shows the Manchester Untied boss is turning into Eric Cantona
- Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under intense pressure
- The Red Devils have lost back-to-back games in a difficult week for the club
- Solskjaer dismissed pressure on his job by using weather terminology on Friday
- United travel to high-flying Everton on Saturday sitting in 15th place in the table
If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was feeling the pressure, it was just a little low pressure coming in from the west.
The Manchester United manager turned to meteorology to explain how he believes the board will continue to back him through a sticky start to the season.
United kick off their game at Everton this lunchtime in 15th place and with Solskjaer under fire after back-to-back defeats. The Norwegian was feeling the heat but perhaps not in the way we thought.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used weather terms to explain he is not under pressure at Man United
‘Today it’s sunny in Manchester, I don’t expect the wind to turn,’ he said. ‘I’ve always had a very good, open, honest and positive dialogue with the club. They’ve shown strong leadership since I came in.
‘Of course, there is always pressure and expectations on us, but I have grown up here and have learned how to deal with good and bad times.
‘I’m good. You don’t have to be happy to still stay positive because you know on difficult days in life there will be better ones coming.
The United boss has seen his side suffer crushing back-to-back defeat over the past week
‘I don’t look at one or two results and fall like a house of cards. It’s a setback, definitely. But not long ago we were the best thing since sliced bread when we beat Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain.
‘I’m not happy being under pressure, as you say. You have to have strong shoulders and a strong head, but I’ve never really been in too dark a place.’
If there were shades of Eric Cantona’s famous seagulls speech in Solskjaer’s reference to the weather, he turned to horticulture to explain why he is in it for the long haul.
Solskjaer’s weather terminology is reminiscent of Eric Cantona’s infamous ‘Seagulls’ speech
‘All my conversations with the club have been planning long-term,’ he added. ‘Of course, we want results short-term, but I’ve had good dialogue about the plans we’ve put in place.
‘We have planted a seed, the tree is growing. Some clubs just rip up that tree and see if it is still growing and getting water underneath.
‘I’ve had backing all the way and the club needs to look at the bigger picture. We can’t go reacting to one or two results.’
The Red Devils were beaten 2-1 by Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League this week
It was good to see Solskjaer in such an upbeat mood after Wednesday’s defeat by Istanbul Basaksehir cranked up the pressure.
He was big enough to take responsibility for the comical first goal United conceded in Turkey, and is confident his team will bounce back at Goodison Park.
‘I will never, ever shirk the fact I’m responsible,’ said Solskjaer. ‘It’s never easy or enjoyable when you lose two games on the bounce, but you’ve got to react to it.’
Solskjaer’s side visit Everton on Saturday with his side 15th in the Premier League table
Meanwhile, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti insists he is not trying to change Jordan Pickford’s character as he prepares to bring the England goalkeeper back into his team after leaving him out of last Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle.
‘I have no message for him,’ said Ancelotti. ‘I talked to him every day this week. He knows what to do. He starts, yes. His mentality is good. I don’t want it to change.
‘He’s a good guy and a funny guy but sometimes he makes a mistake because he thinks too much. He has to use his instinct more because that is really good.’