Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has demanded greater ‘focus’ and ‘consistency’ from his Manchester United players following the club’s disappointing week of results.
United produced a dismal display in losing to Arsenal last weekend before crashing to defeat against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League in midweek, the latter loss coming following some shambolic defensive errors against the Turkish champions.
Those defeats halted a four-game unbeaten run in all competitions and have significantly increased the pressure surrounding Solskjaer’s position as manager, with the Red Devils languishing in 15th place in the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s trip to Everton.
The Manchester United says he is expecting a response when his side travel to Goodison Park tomorrow lunchtime, in what shapes as a pivotal fixture against an Everton side currently in the Champions League places under Carlo Ancelotti, admitting his side have lacked focus and consistency.
The goals against us….please tell me someone is going nuts in that changing room and people are being made accountable.
The shape of the team when we lose the ball for the 1st goal 🤬😱🤯#mufc pic.twitter.com/V7aq0rvBYL
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) November 4, 2020
“Every game lives its own life and there are fine margins, I’ve said that many times and the performances,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.
“The results create the headlines and backdrop and in games that you win you’re praised and ‘that’s a fantastic performance’. Sometimes you lose and are criticised but it’s not as black and white as that.
“We definitely searching for the consistency, something we need to improve on, we need a response against Everton.
“I come back to what I said earlier on with the players and times we live in, that has to have an input in people’s daily life and mental health at the moment, sometimes you think about how focused the players can be on football and sometimes after defeat it’s easier to focus on ‘I need to get back to preparing well’.
“Sometimes when you do well you maybe drop your guard and think you have cracked it. I’m looking forward to the response tomorrow afternoon.”