Later News Nov 07

Solskjaer insists he is not on ‘borrowed time’ at Manchester United despite meek derby defeat


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rejected the notion that his job is on the line, despite the Red Devils’ recent bad run of results, which has seen them win just one of their last six games.

 

United’s latest defeat came at the hands of their ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City last evening (SGT), with Pep Guardiola’s men emerging 2-0 winners at Old Trafford without ever really getting out of second gear, except for the times when they decided to go into first gear simply because they could.

 

It was as meek a derby performance from United as any, and, were it not for the heroics of David De Gea, City could have easily handed Solskjaer’s side another carbo-heavy plate of kosong prata.

 

WATCH: Solskjaer admits United's defeat to City is 'big step back'

 

It took all of seven minutes for City to breach the United goal, and it didn’t even require the visitors to put the finishing touch, with Eric Bailly turning the ball into his own net from Joao Cancelo’s cross under minimal pressure.

 

Bernardo Silva then doubled the lead – and effectively killed off all faint hopes of a United comeback – on the stroke of half-time by capitalising on a weary De Gea, who by then was probably dizzy from all the saves he had to make in the first-half.

 

The manner of the defeat left ex-United players like Roy Keane and Gary Neville livid, while the club’s fans predictably went into meltdown on social media.

 

Even former Chelsea defender John Terry, who earlier this week started his Twitter account (because all that social platform needs is more racists), could not help but troll United supporters.

 

But while growing pressure mounts on Solskjaer following this latest result, the Norwegian is not unduly worried about going out of a job anytime soon.

 

WATCH: Man City's best goals at Old Trafford

 

When asked by Sky Sports if he feels like he is on ‘borrowed time’, Solskjaer said: “No, I don't start to feel like that. I have good communication all the time with the club that's very up-front and honest about the situation.”

 

Indeed, Solskjaer has backed himself and his player to play themselves into form after the international break.

 

“I'm sure when we come back the players will be fresh in their minds from internationals, and of course the demands on the players, on me are going to be high,” said Solskjaer.

 

“We've just got to get back to what we started to look like and what we were for a while. We've got the players to do that. We've been through this a few times. Since the last game we played here [Liverpool defeat], it's been a very difficult period and we've gone away from what we used to be.

 

“We need to be on the front foot more, I can't look at myself and say this is the way I want Manchester United to play.”

 

Guardiola – whose side has moved up to second in the table, just three points behind current league leaders Chelsea, who drew 1-1 with Burnley yesterday – praised his players for “silencing” the Old Trafford crowd, although it remains up for debate as to whether that was really their doing, or Solskjaer’s.

 

WATCH: Guardiola hails City's control at Old Trafford

 

“Huge and deserved credit and my admiration and pride to these players,” said Guardiola. “The commitment and the fact is we played a really good game from beginning to the end.

 

“The best way to silence Old Trafford is to have the ball…have the ball and we did it. And we played a really good game except for ten minutes in the second half where we missed some ball.”

 

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