Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed the task facing him at Manchester United, insisting the club’s ‘rebuild’ will take time following their woeful 2-0 home defeat to Burnley in midweek.
Manchester United‘s hopes of securing Champions League football were dealt a major blow following the Clarets shock win at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez condemning Solskjaer’s side to an eighth league defeat of the season and leaving the club six points adrift of the top four.
The Red Devils were jeered by their own supporters following an abject display, the club’s supporters exiting the ground en masse and voicing their discontent following the latest poor performance from the home side.
Following the clash, Solskjaer admitted the performance was ‘not good enough’, but insists the rebuilding process will take time and backed the players to come good in the coming seasons.
“I think our fans know what we have started on and I’ve been trusted to do that job and that rebuild doesn’t go one way all the time, it doesn’t just go we’re doing great, we’re doing great, [I’ve] said it so many times,” Solskjaer said at today’s pre-match press conference.
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“The foundation has to be laid and the culture has to be properly set and laid down and this group is a good core of players that believe in themselves and what we’re doing to carry us forward with signings and players coming back.
“You need to knock the house down, you don’t just start with the roof, we’ve had some rainy days and wish that roof was on, but we can’t hide.”
United were amongst the biggest spending sides in the Premier League last summer but have so far been unable to secure new additions during the winter window.
Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes and Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani are just two of the names having been linked with a move to the club in recent weeks, though deals for either player are yet to come to fruition.
Despite the club’s frustrations in the transfer market thus far, Solskjaer warned that there will be no ‘quick fix’ to his side’s struggles, but insisted that he deserves time to sort things out, using Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as an example.
“For me, we do have a way of doing things, you can see other teams have done well,” the Norwegian said.
“You can see Jurgen spent four years building his team and they’re doing well now, it’s not gonna be a quick fix, and it’s not eight or 10 players in in one transfer window. We’ve had one proper transfer window and we are trying to do something now.”
United’s options have been seriously depleted in recent weeks with injuries to several stars, Marcus Rashford joining the likes of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba amongst the absentees after suffering a back injury against Wolves earlier this month.
Ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Tranmere, Solskjaer admits that while his options are stretched, he is hopeful his he will be boosted by potential new signings and returning stars in the coming weeks.
“It is stretched but we’re getting players back after the break as well, so we will be better off for the break,” he said.
“We’re still working on one or two things so let’s see if the club get it over the line.”