Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is not expecting the ‘wind to turn’ on his Manchester United tenure and insists he remains confident of delivering success to the club.
United’s disappointing start to the season has increased the pressure on Solskjaer’s position as manager, back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir over the past week raising speculation the axe could fall on the Norwegian.
Those results have come amidst a stuttering start to the Premier League campaign with the Red Devils having failed to win in four home league fixtures to leave Manchester United languishing in 15th place in the division ahead of this weekend’s trip to face Everton at Goodison Park.
Despite the speculation, Solskjaer has issued a defiant stance on his position at Old Trafford, insisting he remains confident of bringing success to the club and says he has faith in both himself and his players despite a troubling run of form.
“Yeah, why shouldn’t I be [confident of delivering success]?” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.
“If I don’t trust my belief and values and staffs quality and players’ quality, who else should?
“I don’t look at one or two results and fall like a house of cards, it’s a setback, definitely, there’s been too much made of not scoring against Arsenal and Chelsea, there’ve been nothing in those games and it’s not long ago we were the best thing since sliced bread against Leipzig and PSG.
“You have to have that belief, club have been very positive and shown me their character and strong leadership, I’m looking to Saturday morning, that’s another matter we can talk about.”
Solskjaer added that he maintains a ‘very good, open and honest’ relationship with the club’s hierarchy, before outlining his intentions to head to Everton in a ‘positive frame of mind’ this weekend as United bid to turn their fortunes around.
“I’ve always had a very good, open and honest and positive dialogue with the club,” he said.
“They’ve shown strong leadership since I come in and with me today it’s sunny in Manchester, I don’t expect the wind to turn, always pressure and expectations on us.
“I became a man at Manchester United and have learnt how to deal with good and bad times.
“You’re a top coach or manager when you win and bad when you lose because that’s the last game you played. You aren’t really better than your last game.
“Every game of football becomes history quickly and we need to go into Goodison Park in a positive frame of mind.”
Manchester United have been persistently linked with out-of-work former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino in recent weeks, though it has been claimed Saturday’s game against Everton will not be ‘pivotal’ to Solskjaer’s future.