Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United fans will see a ‘response’ from his side as the club travel to face Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League tomorrow night.
United’s four-game unbeaten run was ended in disappointing fashion at the weekend following a poor performance in defeat to Arsenal, a result which means Solskjaer’s side have picked up just one point from four home Premier League fixtures so far this season.
Their lacklustre display drew plenty of criticism in the media and was in stark contrast to their performances in Europe of late, the defeat to the Gunners coming just four days after thrashing RB Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek.
Solskjaer is now keen for his side to get their season back on track and they will take a huge stride towards the knockout stages with victory in Istanbul on Wednesday night amid the latest wave of pessimism.
“Well we work every day for our fans to have something to celebrate,” the Manchester United boss said at his pre-match press conference. “The process we are going through, we are focused and hopefully tomorrow night we can stamp our authority on the group.”
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Roy Keane gives a brutally honest assessment of #MUFC's current squad after another defeat at Old Trafford.
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“There are fine margins in games of football,” he added. There are games when you get the margins, games when they are against you. Teams have made their homework against you, and it was small margins. Leipzig as well, it wasn’t a 5-0 game.”
United’s defeat on Sunday led to former club captain, Roy Keane, criticising the club’s current squad, revealing his belief that the attitude of the players will cost Solskjaer his position at Old Trafford.
“Ole will pay the ultimate price,” Keane said on Sky Sports. “Ole will lose his job working with this group of players as sure as night follows day.”
Solskjaer – who played alongside the Irishman during his own playing career with the Red Devils – has now responded to Keane’s comments, disagreeing with his assessment and insisting there will be a ‘response’ from his players this week.
“Roy has always been outspoken. I am very glad I have got the player I have here with us,” Solskjaer said.
“We have different jobs and Roy’s job is to give his opinion and I always, always listen to Roy.
“But we move on here with a great group of players, a strong group of players and I’m sure we will see a response.”