Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is expected Manchester United to ‘bounce back’ against Arsenal this weekend following the club’s shock defeat to Sheffield United.
United missed the opportunity to move back top of the Premier League following a stunning upset defeat to bottom side Sheffield United on Wednesday, Chris Wilder’s struggling Blades upsetting the odds to secure a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.
The defeat ended a run of 13 games unbeaten in the Premier League and was a huge setback to the Red Devils hopes of challenging for the title, though Solskjaer is confident he will see a response from his side this weekend.
United travel to face a resurgent Arsenal at the Emirates tomorrow evening with the home side having won five of their past six fixtures, their mini-revival lifting the Gunners within just three points of the top six.
However, Solskjaer is confident his side can ‘bounce back’ against the in-form north Londoners and insists he has confidence in his players following previous responses to setbacks.
“You never want to lose a game to learn from it, you want to learn from the games you win. We’ve been terrific, we’ve been consistent, but it’s that kind of season,” Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference.
”We didn’t expect to go through unbeaten since 1 November, of course we didn’t. But we wanted to and we still want to start a new run. We’ve always bounced back after defeats before. This season, we’ve done remarkably well after most of the defeats.
”There was one, we lost to Arsenal and then to Basaksehir [Istanbul] just after. But apart from that, we’ve always bounced back with a good performance. I expect everyone to perform well and let’s hope the result comes thereafter. You can never control the result.”