Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he is ‘planning for the long-term’ as Manchester United manager despite the club’s difficult start to the new season.
United are currently languishing in the Premier League‘s bottom half following a start which has seen them win just twice in their opening eight fixtures, their poor run making for the club’s worst start to a season for 30 years.
The club’s torrid form has seen speculation emerge surrounding Solskjaer’s future at Old Trafford, with bookmakers suggesting he is among the favourites to be sacked, though the Manchester United boss insists both he and the club’s hierarchy are planning for the long-term.
“All the talks I’ve had with the owners, with Ed Woodward and the club have been about me having a three-year contract. We’re planning long-term,” Solskjaer told Gary Neville in an interview for Sky Sports.
“I’ve been given the job, and if you lose a game or two, you don’t wait for a call to be given assurances.
“But we started out with a plan, and a recruitment plan is in place. I am 100 per cent sure from my time here that the structure is right because it is always the manager who has the final say. Myself and Mick (Mike Phelan) are the ones who make the decisions on the players that we want to have.
“It’s then up to the scouts and whether the players are available before the negotiations.
United have been backed to once again invest in the squad in the January window, following the summer arrivals of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James as Solskjaer looks to overhaul his squad.
The club have been linked with appointing an inaugural director of football to help oversee football matters, though Solskjaer insists the manager must always be the one with the final say when it comes to player recruitment.
“That’s always a decision that a club has to make when they appoint a new manager. It is the manager who has to be the one with the final say. I feel that has always been the case at this club with who we’re bringing in and who we’re going to let go.
“I might have a different view on the club to Jose [Mourinho], Louis [van Gaal] and David Moyes and Sir Alex [Ferguson]. Now that I’ve been backed and given this job, the recruitment has started really well.”