Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United have become ‘more stable’ under his management but admits there have been no talks with the club’s hierarchy regarding his future.
United have shown signs of progress this season and currently sit second in the Premier League, whilst the Red Devils remain in contention for both the FA Cup and Europa League ahead of a meeting with Real Sociedad in the latter competition this week.
Solskjaer has come through some difficult periods but there have been tangible signs of improvement, though there remains an uncertainty surrounding the Norwegian’s future having entered the final 18 months of his deal at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer admits he has not yet thought about an extension to the three-year deal he signed after initially impressing on an interim basis but confirmed there have been no contract discussions with the Red Devils’ board.
“I have not thought about that, and we have not discussed it at all,” Solskjaer told VG. “I just focus on doing the job and, a bit like you say, part of the job is to stabilise things.
“We still have a job to do to be stable on the field. Off the field, there is still a crisis if you lose a match. If you let in a goal in added time against Everton, it will make big headlines as well.
“That kind of thing can happen in football. But inside it is more stable. We feel we are on our way to what we sat down and discussed and had plans for.”
Solskjaer discussed his rebuild of the side and bouncing back from disappointments, having received criticism following successive draws with Everton and West Brom which leave the club seven points adrift of league leaders Manchester City.
The Norwegian insists his side will continue to work through testing periods, and has praised the management of the club for remaining ‘strong mentally’ and sticking with the long-term vision on how to achieve success.
“I have to take a closer look, but no one likes to lose, no one likes to be pushed into a corner,” he added. “If the performance has not been good enough, we do something about it on the field and in the preparations. We wake each other up. But I do not feel there have been as many crises as everyone else has talked about.
“We made a choice two years ago that there was a part that had to be done. It had to be replaced in both. We have been quite aware that there were going to be some tough times along the way. Then we just have to be strong mentally, we who have made the decisions, which are at the top.
“And I must say, the management of the club has been very strong and has stood firm in the direction we have set out.”