Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conference

Solskjaer admits recent weeks have been a ‘reality check’ for Man United

Ole Gunnar Solskajer says Manchester United’s recent poor run of form has been a ‘reality check’ for the club.

United enjoyed an initial resurgence following Solskjaer’s appointment as manager in December, but results have dipped of late with the club having lost seven of their past nine fixtures.

Solskajer says the club’s dismal run has shown the reality of the task facing him to revive the club’s fortunes, admitting restoring United back to the top will prove a ‘great challenge’.

“They’ve all seen the reality the last few weeks of where we’re at,” Solskjaer told the press ahead of his sides clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

“If you look at the team’s total points for the last five seasons, I don’t know if you can give me the average, but the average points total is 70.

“We’re now on 64, so that’s where we’re at, the reality is where we’ve been the last five seasons, and that’s not good enough.

“But that’s not down to the last six seven or eight games, that’s where we are. We have a great challenge ahead of us.

“We’ve played, you can say and some said, some easy teams in the beginning and more difficult teams now, but it’s the whole scenario, the whole season.

“It’s been an emotional season for the players and club, and that’s what you’ve got to deal with as a footballer player, coach and manager – we’re all human beings.”

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