Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previews Everton clash
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels the Glazers would be wise to stick with him despite his side’s mixed Premier League form so far. The Red Devils have failed to win four of their last six matches across all competitions. And that’s upped the pressure on the Norwegian, especially after a big summer of investment.
Manchester United were on a high at the start of the month when they re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo.
But, now, the Red Devils are facing a mini-crisis following an alarming dip of form.
United have failed to beat Young Boys, Everton, West Ham and Aston Villa over the past few weeks, leading to some calls for Solskjaer to go.
However, the 48-year-old has now come out fighting and made it clear he feels the Glazers should give him time.
“It’s the same question that was asked after Wednesday night,” he said.
“I’m very confident that we will get the best out of this squad.
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“A lot has happened this month and we’ve had Raphael [Varane] and Jadon [Sancho] with us since August, and Cristiano [Ronaldo] since September.
“We’ve got loads to work on and we need to improve, we know that and I know that, but I do believe in this group of players and the coaching staff that I’ve got. So, the short answer is yes.
“I believe in these players, I believe in the coaching staff and I believe we have something going.
“The proof is in the pudding, we need results and you have to turn up.
“You can’t say ‘we did well against City and Tottenham last year’, we have to do it during the 90 minutes, whoever plays.
“That’s the challenge, because every game in the Champions League and Premier League is a big game against a good team and every game as Manchester United is a potential banana skin, as we’re expected to win every one.”
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One Solskjaer decision that backfired against Everton on Saturday, in a 1-1 draw, was placing Ronaldo on the bench.
It was a call that Express Sport understands angered the veteran, who had notched five in five previously.
But Solskjaer, speaking after Saturday’s match, insisted he had no regrets.
“No,” he said when quizzed on whether hindsight would alter his decision.
“You make decisions throughout a long, long season; you have to manage the players’ workload and the decision for me was the correct one.
“Anthony Martial did well, scored a good goal. Edinson [Cavani] needed minutes and could have had a goal.
“We have to make those decisions at the time.”
Former Aston Villa star Gabriel Agbonlahor, however, feels the decision to bench Ronaldo was a ‘sackable offence’.
“It was a sackable offence not to start Ronaldo from Solskjaer,” he said.
“You look at Manchester United, you are playing Everton.
“Everton have been in good form this season. You need your strongest team to go out there and beat Everton.
“You’ve got the international break now. It’s not as if they’ve got a game on Wednesday and Saturday, they’ve got the international break.
“Pogba should have started, Ronaldo should have started, Jesse Lingard should have even started.
“Send Ronaldo to Portugal shattered, that’s not your problem. Play your best team against teams like Everton.
“Ole got it totally wrong. Even the last 30 seconds of the game, he’s laughing and joking on the touchline when Benitez is so on it, talking to his players.
“It just shows he was happy with a draw. Manchester United shouldn’t be happy with a draw against Everton at home.”
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