Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed himself as the pressure increases after poor form for Manchester United. The Norwegian manager is confident that he can turn things around and will not be forced to resign, despite the club’s poor start to the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as Manchester United’s interim manager after Jose Mourinho was sacked. After a poor run of form, pressure is mounting on the Norwegian to turn things around. Read more in detail here: solskjaer.
9:41 a.m. Eastern Time
Dawson, Rob Correspondent
In the face of mounting pressure on his employment at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed himself to turn around Manchester United’s fortunes.
United has lost three of their previous four games and will play Villarreal in a vital Champions League match on Wednesday.
In the past two weeks, Solskjaer’s side has lost in the Champions League, Carabao Cup, and Premier League, but he claims he can bring trophies back to the club.
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“It’s a pleasure to be under pressure,” the United boss said during a press conference on Tuesday.
“In order to operate in this atmosphere, you must accept the pressure.” Yes, I’ve had support [in the transfer market], and that support indicates to me that we’re keeping to a strategy, but we’re in the outcomes business.
“With our new additions, expectations have risen. We’re here to win, so don’t even consider it.
“We have a responsibility to win here in a particular manner, which may be dangerous at times and result in one or two losses.”
United lost 2-1 to Young Boys to start their Champions League campaign, but they will have an opportunity to earn their first points of the group stage when Villarreal visits Manchester.
In May, the Spanish side defeated Solskjaer’s squad on penalties in the Europa League final, but they have struggled in LaLiga this season, with just one victory in their first six games.
After being forced out during Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa, Solskjaer is likely to give Luke Shaw more time to establish his health, although captain Harry Maguire is out with a calf issue.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident in his ability to turn the club’s fortunes around. Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images photo
After receiving a red card in Switzerland, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been banned.
“I’ll give Luke an opportunity to be involved because he’s been in today [Tuesday],” Solskjaer stated. “He didn’t participate in team training.” Harry is almost certainly out, and things don’t seem to be looking up.
“It’s his calf, so we’ll have to wait and see how fast he heals. He hoped to face Villrreal in a game. We’ll have to make some adjustments now that Aaron has been suspended.”
Raphael Varane came in as a half-time replacement against Young Boys, but he will almost likely have to start against Villarreal, who will be without attacker Gerard Moreno due to injury, and Maguire will miss the game.
He understands what it takes to win the Champions League, having won it four times with Real Madrid, and he has urged United to be “ambitious” in their hopes for the tournament this season.
“What I’ve seen with my teammates is that our squad and team have a lot of talent,” Varane stated. “I am sure that we have enormous potential. Since the beginning of the season, I believe we have steadily improved and are on a good upward trajectory.
“There’s a lot of skill here, as well as a lot of experience. We have everything you need to believe in our ability to succeed. We must be ambitious and believe in our own abilities, and I believe that if we do so and have a good attitude, we may accomplish great things.”
“As a former United player and now coach, Solskjaer has the respect and support,” Villarreal coach Unai Emery stated.
“They qualified for the Champions League and advanced to the Europa League final last season.”
“I don’t believe a couple of bad outcomes will alter the club executives’ minds about the coach.”
Adriana Garcia of ESPN contributed to this story.
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